Yellowstone National Park

By:Angela Miao

History

Lewis and Clark were the first ever whites to explore Yellowstone and when they came back no author or map maker would not publish their tales in fear that they would not be believed and be called insane/weird. Many more expeditions went to Yellowstone and brought back many stories. Then on March 1, 1872 President Grant signs the bill creating the U.S's first national park. Yellowstone National Park is the first national park ever in the U.S. Image from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Heart_Spring_and_Lion_Geyser_in_Yellowstone_NP.jpg

Climate

In the Summer the temperatures go around the 70's and occasionally the 80's. In the winter the temperature goes from 0F to 20F throughout the day. In the spring and Fall the temperature ranges from the 30s to the 60s. At any time of the year be prepared for anything, Yellowstone is known for it's unpredictability.

Activities and Events

There are a lot of hiking tails all around Yellowstone, so don't forget to bring hiking boots! You can also boat, bike, go camping, go horseback riding and also go wildlife viewing.

Fascinating Facts

Did you know that between 1926-1995 there were no gray wolves in Yellowstone (Except some individuals roaming throughout the park)? Ranchers and the government predator control eliminated them. There is also a massive magma volcano right underneath Yellowstone scientists have now found out it is 2.5 times bigger than they imagined. The volcano has not been showing any imminent signs of explosions, which is good. This super-volcano is so big that if it blows it will cover all of the U.S. and affect other countries for centuries. The volcano explodes approximately every 700,000 years. There are 3 known eruptions, one 2.1 million years ago, another 1.3 million years ago and the most recent 640,000 years ago. There are also 20 "smaller super volcanoes" surrounding the super volcano. A study shows that these volcanoes are not active today, but 30 million years ago these volcanoes exploded more than 5500 cubic kilometers of magma during a one week period.

Native Americans

Native Americans lived in Yellowstone and hunted bison for food long before the Americans came along. With the extinction of the bison in southern Idaho the result of overhunting bison by the Americans, the Native Americans had to find different main food source. The use of the Bannock Trail also increased. The Native Americans used hot springs for cooking and preparing hides. Now there are some tribes in Yellowstone even though there were some conflicts between the Native Americans and Americans.

Bibliography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_wolves_in_Yellowstone "History of Wolves in Yellowstone." Wikipedia History of Wolves in Yellowstone. Wikipedia, Feb.-Mar. 2015. Web. Apr.-May 2015. Authors, Unknown"


United States. National Park Service. "History & Culture of Yellowstone." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, 28 Apr. 2015. Web. 28 Apr. 2015. <http://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/historyculture/index.htm>.