Moose in Teton County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Foundations of a Community
Grand Teton National Park
Geology shapes the ecosystem. Jagged mountains harbor the alpine community and glacial outwash plains support the sagebrush community. Beginning two million years ago, ice-aged glaciers repeatedly covered this landscape carving valley lakes, U-shaped canyons and leveling the valley floor. As these glaciers retreated, meltwater stripped soil from the landscape leaving behind sand, gravel and cobbles.
Sagebrush thrives in these rocky, well-drained soils in addition to antelope bitterbrush and many grass species. Arrowleaf balsamroot, lupine and skyrocket gilia add spring color. Small mammals, Greater Sage-Grouse and pronghorn find food and shelter here, while raptors search for prey.
Big sage, Artemisia tridentate, is both a vital and iconic part of this western landscape. Take a moment to touch and smell (but do not pick) the soft, aromatic leaves of a nearby sagebrush plant.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 43° 40.631′ N, 110° 43.468′ W. Marker is in Moose, Wyoming, in Teton County. Marker is on Teton Park Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in the Windy Point Turnout in Grand Teton National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Moose WY 83012, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Geologic Drama (a few steps from this marker); A Spiritual Heart in the Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Walk Back in Time (approx. 1.3 miles away); Making it Last (approx. 1.4 miles away); Staying Cool (approx. 1.4 miles away); “Mean and Menor” (approx. 1.4 miles away); Water Filter (approx. 1.4 miles away); Menorís Ferry (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moose.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 16, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.