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Yellowstone Underground: Granites and Crustal Growth


Dr. Carol Frost

Dr. Carol Frost is a professor at the University of Wyoming in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. She received her undergraduate degree in Earth Science at Dartmouth College, with a senior thesis on geochronology and depositional environments of Pliocene volcanics in Pakistan. Her graduate work was at the University of Cambridge, culminating in a diploma in polar studies, with work on geochronology of Svalbard, and a Ph.D. in Earth Science, with a dissertation on the origins of continental crust.

February 10 and 11, 1998 Dr. Frost presented lectures at Emporia State University comparing crustal granites near Laramie, to those that underlie Yellowstone National Park. She concluded they are the result of extension of the crust and that the granites have a mantle source rather than partial melts of continental crustal rock or a recycled origin. Dr. Frost's visit was sponsored in part by the ESU Geology Club and Earth Science Department, and the Mineralogical Society of America.

Dr. Frost. Photo date 2/98; © by S.W. Aber

Dr. Frost also spoke about Katherine Fowler-Billings, a pioneering woman geologist who attended a geology field camp in Wyoming (one of the few open to woman at that time) and mapped the Laramie Range in the 1920s. Dr. Frost contacted her in conjunction with her own work and encouraged her to record her fascinating life. This reference and others are given below if you want to know more!

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