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Shell in Big Horn County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Oasis in the Desert

 
 
Oasis in the Desert Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
1. Oasis in the Desert Marker
Inscription.
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
To learn more about the biology of Shell Canyon, ‘make tracks’ for the Shell Falls National Recreation Trail. Allow ten to twenty minutes for the walk. It is wheelchair accessible.
 
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
Oasis in the Desert Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
2. Oasis in the Desert Marker
There are several markers at this location. The Oasis in the Desert marker is the leftmost of the three in the foreground.

in Bighorn National Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Shell WY 82441, United States of America.
 
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. AnimalsWaterways & Vessels
 
Oasis in the Desert Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
3. Oasis in the Desert Marker
Bighorn National Forest. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
4. Bighorn National Forest.
Marker is located in the Shell Falls Interpretive Site in Bighorn National Forest.
 
 
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 205 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 5, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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