Old Faithful

Trip Start Dec 05, 2012
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Monday, September 9, 2013

Our next move was to the world famous Yellowstone National Park located primarily in the state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone, widely held to be the first national park in the world and is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features. 

The most famous geyser in the park, and perhaps the world, is Old Faithful Geyser, located in Upper Geyser Basin. Castle Geyser, Lion Geyser and Beehive Geyser are in the same basin. The park contains the largest active geyser in the world—Steamboat Geyser in the Norris Geyser Basin. There are about 300 geysers in Yellowstone and at least 10,000 geothermal features altogether. Many of these can be seen in the second video in this entry.
  
The park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 km2), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years. Half of the world's geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. 




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Donna Mazzola on

Are traces of the fires of several years ago still visable?

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