The Huckleberry Ridge Tuff, Yellowstone: New insights into old deposits Event as iCalendar

17 August 2016


Venue: School of Engineering, Room 401-439

Location: 20 Symonds Street

Host: School of Environment


The Huckleberry Ridge Tuff is the product of the first great explosive eruptions from the iconic supervolcano at Yellowstone about 2.07 million years ago. Mapped and described by previous workers, this deposit has been part of the geological understanding of the Yellowstone system for many decades. There are, however, many aspects of the deposit and its parental eruption that are un-documented and challenging to understand. In this talk, I will present a series of snapshots of work carried out by me and my collaborators. I will show how you can take an iconic, apparently well-known deposit and uncover new insights about its causative eruption and the parental sub-surface magma chamber.

Colin is a volcanologist who began his career in physical volcanology, but has since strayed into petrology and geochemistry. His research is mostly concerned with studying the products of large-scale explosive silicic volcanism, particularly ignimbrites. Trained at Imperial College in the UK, Colin has a long history of work in New Zealand, and is currently Professor of Volcanology at Victoria University of Wellington.