Locations

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is one of the parks located in the United States. It is also one of the first parks to be recognized as a national park by President Grant. The name comes from the river that flows within it, known as the Yellowstone River, and in 1978, UNESCO gave it World Heritage Site status.

The park is well-known for many things but one of the things that most tourists come to the park for is the geysers and hot springs. The park contains around half of the world’s geysers. It also contains the world’s most famous geyser called the Old Faithful Geyser. The park is also famous for the animals that live there including bears, elks, and wolves.

The park is the heart of the Great Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest ecosystem in the northern zone. It also contains a subalpine forest within it and many other ecosystems too.

The park was an area where Native Americans used to live and even when the Europeans invaded America, not many people settled there. There were various expeditions yet people never believed what was told to them about the land with so many geysers. Later when President Grant signed the lease for a new national park, there was no money to run the park for 16 years. It was then run by the armed forces. Later, a new society called National Park Service took over the maintenance and responsibility for the park.

The climate within the park is always good. It can range from -13 C to around 27 C in the summer. It may differ according to the area as it may be higher where the hot springs are and lower where the mountains are. The park was determined a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the landscape, the geysers it contains, the grand canyon of Yellowstone and also the wildlife, all these are key to making it count as one the world’s heritage site. The park helps give insight into the beginning of the earth, into super volcanoes and can aid many scientific discoveries due to the massive amount of wildlife within it. The park also contains one of the only ecosystems in the northern zone which is vitally important to keep intact and prevent it from breaking apart.

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