Top 10 CRAZIEST Facts About Yellowstone!
From amazing geysers to incredible landscapes.
staytuned to number 1 to find out the craziest facts about Yellowstone National Park! Number 10: Yellowstone Is Really Big.
One of the things that sets Yellowstone NationalPark apart from various other parks is its size.
Yes, it's not the biggest park in the UnitedStates (that would be Wrangell-St.
Elias in Alaska), but it is rather impressive in termsof scope.
In fact, you could put both the states ofDelaware and Rhode Island into the Yellowstone Park and have room to spare.
Here's another interesting fact, Yellowstoneisn't nestled within one state, it's actually in three.
You'll find most of Yellowstone in Wyoming, but.
you'll also find parts of it in Idaho and Montana.
That's another piece of proof for how bigit is.
Yet, that's still not the only identifierfor how big it is, but this is: it's the features that make it so big.
You see, the Yellowstone National Park hasa major amount of geothermal features.
You know, like geysers, and steam vents, andeven hot springs.
There are so many of them packed within Yellowstonethat it actually holds half of the worlds geothermal features.
Half! All within one park.
Really puts its size into perspective, doesn'tit? Number 9: No One Believed The Stories AboutGeysers.
We all know the phrase, “Seeing is believing”, right? Because sometimes, an idea or theory or sightingis so out of this world that it can't be believed until we see it with our own two eyes.
Now, usually, you'd associate this kind oflogic with something like Bigfoot, or aliens.
But in the early days of the United States, geysers were something that people had a hard time believing in.
It may seem odd in context, but think aboutit.
The early settlers were on the eastern coastof the United States, and thus didn't have access to geysers.
And there clearly wasn't ones in Europe wherethey lived.
So, when a man named John Colter went throughWyoming and saw the geysers of Yellowstone, and tried to describe them to others, whatdo you think they thought? That he was crazy! Water shooting out of the ground with incrediblepower? And shooting out steam as it did? To them, it was madness.
The ironic thing though is that 50 years later(when Wyoming still wasn't that explored), another explore named Jim Bridges made claimsabout similar things.
and still no one believed him.
But the most ironic thing of all? When you think of Yellowstone National Parknow? You think of Old Faithful and the other geysersof the park.
I guess they finally believed.
Number 8: A Painter Helped Create Yellowstone.
Sticking with history a bit longer, let'stalk about how Yellowstone National Park got officially made.
For it didn't just happen, especially notin those days.
But before we learn about it's discovery, take a moment to like this video and join the Zero2Hero Community by using the buttonsbelow! Yellowstone had to be discovered, explored, and then talked about to those in power.
The first officially funded expedition intothe park was done in 1871.
This expedition had many people on it, includingthe leader, Ferdinand Hayden.
Along with him was a plethora of botanists, biologists, and somewhat surprisingly, an artist.
But then again, with camera technology notbeing anywhere at the time, they needed someone to make a visual depiction of the land.
This artists' name was Thomas Moran.
Thomas Moran used his time in what would becomeYellowstone to great effect.
He made over 30 watercolor paintings of theregion, depicting various parts of the park in great detail.
At first, the paintings were only shown tothe people, who were amazed by them.
But then, they were also shown to the membersof Congress.
Why? Well, because many people wanted to make thisregion a “national playground”, and they needed Congress' approval to do so.
The pictures were so lovely, that Congressagreed that this place should be preserved for all time, and thus, Yellowstone NationalPark became the first official National Park in United States history.
Number 7: The Truth About Old Faithful.
As I noted earlier, when you think about YellowstoneNational Park, you don't just have your mind go to the geysers of the park.
But more specifically, you think about OldFaithful.
This legendary geyser is very different fromall the other geysers in the park (did I mention there are 300 of them in Yellowstone?) becauseit has a frequency to it that has to be admired.
In fact, people have timed the gaps betweenthe eruptions and found that they are about 92 minutes between eruptions.
give or take.
Because of this, Old Faithful erupts around17 times a day.
as time has gone on, people have notedthat Old Faithful isn't as reliable as she once was, or as they think she is.
In fact, the gap between her eruptions hasactually increased over the last few decades.
Which means that this could continue on forfuture decades, until it takes a lot longer for her to blow her top.
Here's another fun fact, you might be underthe impression that Old Faithful is the biggest geyser in Yellowstone National Park, well, it isn't.
The biggest geyser there, and the biggestgeyser in the world in terms of water shooting height, is the Steamboat Geyser.
This incredible geyser can shoot water upto 300 feet into the air.
Not bad huh? Number 6: A Stranded ExplorerWhile it is certainly easy enough to get lost in the world today, even with the advancementsof our technology, back in the 1800's, getting lost was a much bigger deal.
For if you weren't careful, you could passaway within a short amount of time.
This almost happened to a man named TrumanEverts, who found himself lost in 1870 within what would soon be Yellowstone National Park.
How did this happen? Well, before it was a national park, it wasjust an area that people would travel to and explore.
And thus, a team of surveyors was going tothe land to see what it was all about.
Among them was Everts, who wasn't exactlya survival expert.
In fact, he was a bureaucrat! So imagine his horror when he got separatedfrom the group, and when the group couldn't find him in the park, they left him behind.
Usually, this would spell out a death sentence, but in this case, Everts was able to stay alive.
And he stayed alive for 37 days until he wasfound by another group of people.
While he did live, including being nursedback to health, it did take a toll.
He weighed only 90 pounds when he was rediscovered, and frostbite had done serious damage to his feet.
There is an upside here though.
Because of this experience, Everts wrote abook called “37 Days In Peril”, and it became a hit, and that led to serious momentum inmaking Yellowstone a national park.
Number 5: Where Do The Geysers Come From? The geysers are a big part of YellowstoneNational Park, in fact, they make up a large part of its identity.
But here's the question, do you know wherethey all come from? For while one can be easily explained basedon the land it's on, when you have 300 of them in a single area? Yeah, that's a lot to factor in.
In fact, this was one of the reasons peopledidn't believe in geysers at first, because there were so many seen by the explorers.
Once scientists got involved though, it wasrevealed that Yellowstone National Park is actually on top of a supervolcano! Yep, a supervolcano! In fact, it's the largest supervolcano inall of North America.
So, the question is, is the volcano active? Yes, yes it is.
But you shouldn't fear an eruption just yet.
Based on scientific research, the last eruptionwas 640, 000 years ago at best guess.
And it doesn't seem to be in any mood to eruptright now.
That being said.
should it get the “urge”to erupt? Yeah, it would basically destroy the UnitedStates in one form or another.
Number 4: The Park Can Kill Bison.
No, I don't mean that humans have the rightsto kill bison in the park (thankfully), but rather, the park itself actually has the abilityto unintentionally kill bison.
And can you guess why? Yep, it's the geysers.
How does that work? Well, the Norris Geyser Basin has the abilityto produce toxic emissions.
gasses, in more simplistic terms.
So much of a problem were these gasses thatin 2004, a group of five bison walking by the basin were said to have died because ofthe toxic emissions.
This wasn't the first time this had happenedeither, for in 1899, a group of bears died in basically the same way.
Thankfully for all animals, this is not aregular occurrence, but it is possible.
Further showing how dangerous geysers, andthis park, can be.
Number 3: The Military Protected YellowstoneFrom Poachers.
So, in 1872, Yellowstone National Park wasofficially born.
Happy ending right then and there, right? Wrong.
Not even a decade later, in 1882, Congresshad pulled all funding from Yellowstone, leaving it open for all sorts of businesses and poachersto ravage the landscape.
One man in particular was aghast by this:General Phillip Sheridan.
This Civil War leader was a believer in nature, and saw the events going on as heinous.
Therefore, being a general, he made an orderto send military troops to Yellowstone in order to protect the land from all sorts ofinvaders and disturbances.
Know as the “Spread Eagle Men”, the soldiersof Yellowstone protected the park until 1918, when the National Park Service took over thejob.
But still, had it not bene for Sheridan andhis men, Yellowstone National Park may look very different from what it is now.
Number 2: Wonderland.
It must have been quite a sight to the settlersfrom Europe to see a park like this in the United States.
So it's not much of a surprise that they hadall kinds of nicknames for Yellowstone.
But in 1883 and on, one stuck out above therest, Wonderland.
Yeah, like Alice in Wonderland.
In fact, the release of the book Alice's Adventuresin Wonderland helped ensure visitors to the park.
They even made an ad with Alice explainingall the wonders she saw in this new Wonderland.
Even back then, they knew how to advertise.
Number 1: Earthquake! When you hear the word earthquake, your instinctmight be to hide underneath a table and hold on for dear life, and that's a good instinct.
You might also think that earthquakes wouldn'thappen in a place like Yellowstone.
In fact, the opposite is true.
They happen all the time.
Between 1, 000 and 3, 000 earthquakes happenin Yellowstone every year.
It gets better, or worse, depending on howyou see things.
In 2010, there were 250 earthquakes at Yellowstonein the course of just 48 hours.
So why do people still go there if it's sodangerous? Well.
it's not actually.
You see, although there ARE earthquakes there, not all of them can be felt.
They're tiny, and quick, and don't shake theground that much.
There are some bigger ones, sure, but they'renothing like the monstrous ones we all know about.
But if you do feel the Earth move when you'reat Yellowstone, now you know why.
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