Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Living on the Edge
At first glance, geyser basins may appear to be stark and lifeless places. Amazingly, they team with both microscopic and visible life year-round. Even the hottest thermal features contain tiny microbes that can live in one of earth’s most extreme environments. Runoff channels from geysers and hot springs also sustain a variety of life. These unique ecosystems were only recently discovered and scientists are learning more about them each year.
Predators, like this wolf spider, often hunt flies and other insects that feed on the bacteria and algae of thermal mats.
Thermal features also play a critical role in the winter survival of Yellowstone’s larger mammals, like the bison and elk. The warmer ground temperatures melt the snow making foraging for grasses and other vegetation much easier.
Erected by Yellowstone National Park.
Location. 44° 27.668′ N, 110° 51.31′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker can be reached from Lower Grand Loop Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Volcanic Landscape (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Black Sand Basin (about 600 feet away); Daisy Geyser (approx. 0.8 miles away); Castle Geyser (approx. 0.9 miles away); Crested Pool (approx. 0.9 miles away); Beauty and Chromatic Pools (approx. 0.9 miles away); Grand Geyser (approx. one mile away); Giant Geyser (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 8, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.