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Yellowstone 2007

September 11th, 2007

  • Sawmill Geyser puts on a show close enough to get wet.

The first stop on our “Work is Over Rated” Tour was Yelowstone National Park. Yellowstone’s most famous feature is probably the Old Faithful Geyser, but we found the hydrothermal pools to be at least as interesting. Yellowstone sits on a geological hotspot – hot magma sits just 3-8miles under the surface of the Earth. This compares to most places in North America where the magma is 20+ miles underground. The heat from below reaches up and heats the ground water, which then needs a place to go. Sometimes it finds an easy outlet and forms a steaming pool of water. When the super heated water can’t find an easy way to the surface, it needs to build up pressure before it can force its way out; this is where geysers come from.

Yellowstone is also known for its herds of bison. Most visitors are excited by their first glimpse of bison, but after a day or so, people be come more relaxed. Going to Yellowstone and seeing bison is like going to New York City and seeing a yellow cab. It is hard to drive around the park because everytime a large animal (bison, elk, deer) gets anywhere near the road drivers slow down to take a picture.

We took some nice photos of the geothermal features of the park, and a couple of the bison. Click on the photo to jump to the gallery.

  • The backside of Canary Spring cascades down in Kodachrome colors.

  • Morning Glory Pool no longer looks much like its name-sake. Vandals have thrown so much junk into the pool that the water flow has become somewhat clogged. This has changed the color of the  ...

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