Shell in Big Horn County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Oasis in the Desert
So, what is an “Oasis” anyway?
The dictionary defines it as “a green area in a dry, arid region.”
What makes it so green?
If you guessed WATER, then you were right.
Most of this area gets less than ten inches of rain and snow yearly, qualifying it as a desert. In this arid climate, Shell Creek stands out as a “green ribbon of life.”
Plants and animals thrive in these streamside zones, also called riparian areas. These green zones provide plenty of food and shelter right next to water – the basics for survival.
Riparian areas are also transportation corridors or highways for animals that depend on water for food and shelter.
Shell Falls Trail
Erected by Bighorn National Forest.
Location. 44° 35.204′ N, 107° 36.898′ W. Marker is in Shell, Wyoming, in Big Horn County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 14, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Shell Falls Interpretive Site
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lifeblood of the West (here, next to this marker); Carving a Course (here, next to this marker); Hummingbirds (here, next to this marker); A 4,000 Mile Journey (a few steps from this marker); Forming Waterfalls (a few steps from this marker); Shaping a Canyon (a few steps from this marker); Moving Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Wildfire! (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shell.
More about this marker. Pictures of a Red-tail Hawk and a doe with a fawn appear on the marker.
Categories. • Animals • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 241 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 5, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.