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2011-04-15 11:05:00

The composition of a vast plume of hot rock and briny fluid 200 miles beneath Yellowstone National Park's surface has been mapped, a soon-to-be published study says. Researchers are able to receive a clear picture of the type of material that activates Yellowstone's volcanic features through these "geoelectric" images of the plume, says study co-author Robert B. Smith, professor emeritus at the University of Utah and coordinating scientist of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. "This is the...

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2011-04-11 09:34:52

Conductivity image hints volcano plume is bigger than thought University of Utah geophysicists made the first large-scale picture of the electrical conductivity of the gigantic underground plume of hot and partly molten rock that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano. The image suggests the plume is even bigger than it appears in earlier images made with earthquake waves. "It's like comparing ultrasound and MRI in the human body; they are different imaging technologies," says geophysics...

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2011-02-28 11:39:18

Lodgepole pine, a hardy tree species that can thrive in cold temperatures and plays a key role in many western ecosystems, is already shrinking in range as a result of climate change "“ and may almost disappear from most of the Pacific Northwest by 2080, a new study concludes. Including Canada, where it is actually projected to increase in some places, lodgepole pine is expected to be able to survive in only 17 percent of its current range in the western parts of North America. The...

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2011-02-04 09:35:00

Conservation groups are appealing to a federal judge to stop the proposed killing of nearly 400 bison that have wandered away from Yellowstone National Park, many of which may need to be slaughtered in order to stop the spread of the disease brucellosis. Workers captured 47 additional animals at the Montana Border on Thursday, according to Matthew Brown of the Associated Press (AP). Those animals were leaving an area of the park designated for them in search of food, Brown says, but fear of...

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2010-11-11 06:35:00

There may be many similarities between the importance of large predators in marine and terrestrial environments, researchers concluded in a recent study, which examined the interactions between wolves and elk in the United States, as well as sharks and dugongs in Australia. In each case, the major predators help control the populations of their prey, scientists said. But through what's been called the "ecology of fear" they also affect the behavior of the prey, with ripple impacts on other...

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2010-10-05 08:06:51

Montana State University researchers have discovered a rare oasis of life in the midst of hundreds of geothermal vents at the bottom of Yellowstone Lake. A colony of moss, worms and various forms of shrimp flourishes in an area where the water is inky black, about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and a cauldron of nutrients, gases and poisons, the researchers reported in the September issue of Geobiology. The vent is close to 100 feet below the surface of Yellowstone Lake and a third of a mile offshore...

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2010-10-04 12:57:46

Lawmakers say it's time for Congress to step in again two decades after the federal government spent a half-million dollars to study the reintroduction of gray wolves to the Northern Rockies. The Associated Press (AP) reports that lawmakers are proposing to bypass the Endangered Species Act and lift protections for today's booming wolf population. Critics say the move would undercut one of the nation's premiere environmental laws and allow for the unchecked killing of wolves across the...

2010-09-29 10:05:00

SAN DIEGO and YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO) announces that it has provided five of its pedal-assist synergetic hybrid bicycles, the eneloop bike, to Xanterra Parks & Resorts (Xanterra), an organization that operates hotels, restaurants and activities in Yellowstone National Park located primarily in Wyoming, and extending into Montana and Idaho. The five eco-friendly bikes were given to the organization to help support its...

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2010-09-09 06:45:47

If your summer travels have taken you across the Rocky Mountains, you've probably seen large swaths of reddish trees dotting otherwise green forests. While it may look like autumn has come early to the mountains, evergreen trees don't change color with the seasons. The red trees are dying, the result of attacks by mountain pine beetles. Mountain pine beetles are native to western forests, and they have evolved with the trees they infest, such as lodgepole pine and whitebark pine trees....

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2010-09-01 13:40:29

Previous research has claimed that the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 is helping restore quaking aspen in risky areas where wolves prowl. But apparently elk hungry for winter food had a different idea. They did not know they were supposed to be responding to a "landscape of fear." According to a study set to be published this week in Ecology, a journal of the Ecological Society of America, the fear of wolf predation may not be discouraging elk from eating aspen...


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Gallatin National Forest
2013-11-27 15:54:29

The Gallatin National Forest was founded in 1899 and is located in south-central Montana, United States. The forest makes up 1,819,515 acres and has parts of both the Absaroka-Beartooth and Lee Metcalf Wilderness areas within its boundaries. Gallatin National Forest borders the Yellowstone National Park on the north and the northwest and is a part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a region which includes nearly 20,000,000 acres. The forest is named after Albert Gallatin, U.S. Secretary of...

Caribou-Targhee National Forest
2013-11-21 15:52:49

Caribou-Targhee National Forest can be found in the states of Idaho and Wyoming, with a small section located in Utah in the United States. The forest is broken into several separate sections and stretches over 2.63 million acres. Towards the east, the forest borders Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Bridger-Teton National Forest. The majority of the forest is a part of the 20 million acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Caribou and Targhee National Forests were...

Yellowstone National Park
2013-04-17 13:14:01

Yellowstone National Park is located in the United States. The majority of the park is located in Wyoming, but there are smaller areas of the park in Idaho and Montana. It is thought that this area was the first to be established as a national park in the entire world. The area was home to Native Americans for about 11,000 years, but was not well known to Americans until the 1860’s, when the first organized explorations were conducted there. The Lewis and Clark Expedition in the 19th...

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2005-06-02 09:20:16

Sand-verbena is a genus of about 35-40 species of annual or perennial herbaceous plants in the family Nyctaginaceae. They are native to western North America, from Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming south to west Texas, California and northern Mexico, and grow on dry sandy soils. They make very attractive garden plants for hot, dry sandy sites. Despite the name, they are not related to the vervains (Verbena, family Verbenaceae).

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  • A stinking tobacco.
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This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.