A Spectacular Land of Volcanos and Earthquakes

I went to visit my local supervolcano two weeks ago to go camping in a caldera. You see, I live near a geological hotspot which is a place where lava or magma  approach the surface of the Earth. Hotspots are responsible for the formation of the Hawaiian Islands and for the geothermal activity in Iceland. This area of North America includes the Yellowstone hotspot. This is also a land of glaciers and major geological faults. The consequence of this convergence of  geological features is a zone of unique beauty encompassed within the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

It’s easy to imagine the powerful forces lurking just below the earth in Yellowstone. The last super eruptions that occurred 640,000 years ago formed the Yellowstone Caldera, home to dozens of geothermal features.

Here the gentle flowers of Summer are nourished by the fumes from hell…

Dragon’s Mouth Spring ( 44°37’31.90″N 110°26’8.35″W)

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a place where these forces of fire, ice and water combine to create a place of unsurpassed beauty….

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with Lower Falls Captured 9 July 2012 2:00pm @ 44°54’20.34″N 110°23’40.63″W

Looking North to Artist’s Point

Looking North into The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Thanks to being in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem the hearty animals of Yellowstone thrive…

This Snoozing American Bison (Bison bison) Became A Roadside Attraction

Roaming Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana)

After a short drive south the geothermal effects of the hotspot fade and the land is dominated by the effect of a mighty earthquake which formed the youngest mountain range in the Rocky Mountains and the valley known as Jackson Hole. Here slippage along the 44 mile Teton Fault caused the dramatic topography of the The Teton Range

Grand Teton Dawn Vista Captured 12 July 2012 6:50am @ 43°52’51.12″N 110°34’46.74″W

Teton Reflections Captured 11 July 2012 7:20am @ 43°51’59.90″N 110°33’1.97″W

Here too the wildlife is abundant…

Schmoozing Moose (Alces alces)

Smooching Beaver (Castor canadensis)

I brake for Columbines…

Red Columbine (Aquilegia coerulea)

This is a land that was hard to leave…

Mount Moran Sunset from the Snake River Captured 10 July 2012 7:50pm @ 43°51’59.90″N 110°33’1.97″W

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4 Responses to “A Spectacular Land of Volcanos and Earthquakes”

  1. Chris Hansen Says:

    Fabulous photos!

  2. Peter Stevenson Says:

    Beautiful shots of a wonderful place

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