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June 13, 2013 – Welcome to Yellowstone

June 13, 2013

After an early morning and a few hours of travel, our group arrived in Bozeman, Montana. From the moment we stepped out of the airport we began observing various geological formations and the beautiful landscape.

As our caravan made its way to Yellowstone National Park, we identified several interesting geological features. Outside of our vehicles we saw the Yellowstone River and beautiful mountains, some with snow still near the peaks. We stopped at a picnic area to view Devil’s Slide, an uplifted rock formation. There we also observed an igneous intrusion called a sill. A sill is formed when magma seeps in between cracks and weak spots in pre-existing rock. The harder igneous rock is more resistant to weathering, so the surrounding rock weathers away leaving a stark feature exposed for all to see.

Besides the geological features, we also observed several different species of wildlife up close and personal. The wildlife included: mule deer, elk, bull snake, marmot, harvester ants, and several species of birds. Many members of our group were also enthralled by the many beautiful species of wildflowers, mosses, and lichens.

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One of the most meaningful moments was when we entered the park through Roosevelt Arch. We stood for a moment and reflected on Roosevelt’s forward thinking. Although being green is trendy now, Roosevelt was passionate about conservation when he laid the cornerstone of the arch in 1903. As we travel throughout the park, we will all be thinking about how to instill an appreciation of our natural heritage in students for future generations.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2013 4:40 pm

    Endowing our children: consult Rachel Carson’s A Sense of Wonder….
    Thank you
    Alan R. Sharett, Esq.
    ABA Vice Chair, Editor
    Environment, Energy & Resources Law
    Science & Technology Law

  2. June 17, 2013 11:57 am

    I am thrilled by your Yellowstone accounts. Visiting Yellowstone has been an experience of remembered “wonder.” I have written about Teddy Roosevelt and his wonderful appreciation of our natural treasures.
    Alan R. Sharett

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