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A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
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Earth"s warmth is released by both conduction and also convection in Yellowstone. Conduction occurs once heat is transferred from somepoint hot to somepoint colder.
If you stick one finish of a metal rod right into a fire, the energy from the warmth will excite or agitate the molecules in the metal. Those excited molecules will collide with nearby cooler ones, and move power to them, making them hotter. Ultimately, if you organize onto the rod lengthy enough, the warmth will be transferred to your hand also. That"s conduction (and also a possible burn, if you do not let go of the rod).
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Near the ground’s surface, convection of hot water creates the park’s well known hot springs and geysers.
So much for dry explantions; let"s move on to "cooler" stuff!
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