Maryam Rahimi Blogs!
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SO, Yellowstone National Park......
I often say I want to see and experience things I've never felt or seen before, Yellowstone did just that. The entire time I was there, the experience felt like out of this world. To know places such as this exists just a plane ride away, shopping sprees just don't make sense to me anymore. I've reached a point in my life where buying things are now irrelevant to who I want to be as a human being. I want to feel new things, experience new places and stretch my mind and imagination as far as the surface of this planet.
Putting this post together was very difficult. I have over one thousand photos of this stunning, never seen before park. As I was shuffling, editing, eliminating and curating this series of photographs, I decided to play with some filters that would help deliver a more effective visual experience to the one I had while I was there. It was a cloudy day during my visitation and there was a tint of yellow to the entire park. I remember thinking what was the reason for that. Later I discovered the yellowish burnt look to most parts of the park was from a massive fire back in 1988 ;O
I'v captioned the photos carefully, hoping to inspire and captivate you. Enjoy browsing :)
The Yellowstone fires of 1988 together formed the largest wildfire in the recorded history of Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Starting as many smaller individual fires, the flames quickly spread out of control with increasing winds and drought and combined into one large conflagration, which burned for several months. The fires almost destroyed two major visitor destinations and, on September 8, 1988, the entire park was closed to all non-emergency personnel for the first time in its history. Only the arrival of cool and moist weather in the late autumn brought the fires to an end. A total of 793,880 acres (3,213 km2), or 36 percent of the park was affected by the wildfires.
Geothermal areas in Yellowstone: Geothermal energy is the heat from the Earth. It's clean and sustainable. Resources of geothermal energy range from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath the Earth's surface, and down even deeper to the extremely high temperatures of molten rock called magma.
A mudpot is a natural double boiler! Surface water collects in a shallow, impermeable (usually due to a lining of clay) depression that has no direct connection to an underground water flow. Thermal water beneath the depression causes steam to rise through the ground, heating the collected surface water. Hydrogen sulfide gas is usually present, giving mudpots their characteristic odor of rotten eggs.
Hot springs - the most common hydrothermal features in the park. Their plumbing has no constrictions. Superheated water cools as it reaches the surface, sinks, and is replaced by hotter water from below. This circulation, called convection, prevents water from reaching the temperature needed to set off an eruption. Many hot springs give rise to streams of heated water.
Midway Geyser Basin is located “midway” between Yellowstone’s Upper and Lower geyser basins, and covers a one-mile stretch along the Firehole River. Although relatively small compared to the park’s other geothermal areas, Midway Geyser Basin is home to some impressive hot springs, including Grand Prismatic Spring (pictures coming up), Yellowstone’s largest single hot spring and the world’s third largest hot spring.
Bacteria and other thermophiles (heat loving microorganisms) usually form the ribbons of color like you see here. The green, brown, and orange mats are cyanobacteria, which can live in waters as hot as 167 F (73 C). At this temperature they are usually yellow-green. They become orange, rust, or brown as the water cools. In cooler water other thermophiles may appear that will modify the colors even more. Color may also change due to stress, such as the intense sunlight of mid summer.
Silex Spring! Consider how this hot water arrives to the surface. Deep beneath my feet, heat from the molten rock of the earth's interior is transmitted up through the solid rock of the earth's crust. Ground water circulating through these rocks becomes heated and follows cracks and fissures upward. Where the hot water can escape at the ground surface, a hot spring is formed. Hot water is a better solvent than cooler water; it dissolves large amounts of silica, the major element of these volcanic rocks. Silica, in the form of sinter, lines the bottom of Silex spring. It forms terraces along the runoff channels and gives the spring its name: Silex is Latin for silica. Silex Spring overflows most of the year. This overflow creates a hot environment where thermophiles thrive. Thermophiles become food for several kinds of flies that live in and on the hot water. The flies then become food for mites, spiders, various insects and birds.
Grand Prismatic Spring - Whoa!
The most breathtaking park of Yellowstone National Park was this. The Grand Prismatic hot spring was like rainbow on the ground. The colours, the steam, the water, it was all stunning. An experience and adventure not to be missed.
The vivid colors in the spring are the result of pigmented archaea in the microbial mats that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water. The archaea produce colors ranging from green to red; the amount of color in the microbial mats depends on the ratio of chlorophyll to carotenoids and on the temperature of the water which favors one archaea over another. In the summer, the mats tend to be orange and red, whereas in the winter the mats are usually dark green.
Thermophilic Microbes: The varieties of microbes found in Yellowstone National Park hot springs are thermophilic archaea and bacteria. Their classification “thermophile” translates literally to “heat loving”; these organisms can tolerate or even thrive in temperatures that many organisms are not well adapted to. The temperature range found at Yellowstone is approximately 30º to 100º C with a variable pH range and low concentration of organic matter.
Beautiful Falls & Wild Animals
Yellowstone Park is home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the U.S. Visitors are likely to see a number of animals in Yellowstone freely roaming the landscape
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is the most breathtaking sight inside Yellowstone Park. Twenty miles long, the canyon is up to 4,000-feet wide and 1,200-feet deep in places. From several vantage points, you can view Lower Falls plunging steeply into the canyon 308 feet, or the Upper Falls tumbling 109 feet.
Mineral stains mark the locations of hot springs and steam vents in the canyon walls. For thousands of years, upwardly percolating fluids have altered the chemistry of the rocks, turning them yellow, red, white, and pink.
When the old geyser basin was active, the “cooking” of the rock caused chemical alterations in the canyon’s iron compounds. The rocks are essentially rusting. The colors indicate the presence or absence of water in the individual iron compounds. Most of the yellows in the canyon are the result of iron present in the rock rather than sulfur, as many people think.
So Long Yellowstone...