|"Yellowstone seems to the geologists like a smoky gun which reminds us how violent the earth can be. One event over shadows all other:
A whole landscape exploded in the middle of the present park about 600,000 years ago. ...
In a few minutes the land was devastated ... a smoky caldera were the only thing in the middle, a caved in crater with a area of 45 x 75 kilometers. ... countless boiling springs, fumaroles and geysers are a sign for possible future eruptions.
... the importance of Yellowstone for a wild animal reservation has grown since the settlement of the west was finished. The list of animals is like an encyclopedia of the fauna of the Rocky Mountains: elk, bison, muldeer, moose, pronghorn, coyote, cougar, beaver, swan, eagle, boldeagle, white pelican and many more." (2)
|Old Faithfull in action|
|Sunrise over Lower Falls|
|Panorama of the Yellowstone River|
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