Aerial photos of the geysers and hot springs at Yellowstone National Park
Sapphire Pool - Biscuit Basin
Yellowstone National Park
The Data has its origin from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the United States Department of the Interior responsible for administering federal lands.
Area: 8900 km²
The Yellowstone volcano and its colorful pools
The colorful hot springs are the absolute highlight of the park - this fascinating phenomenon attracts thousands of visitors every year. The thermal springs, which are of volcanic origin, are home to various thermophilic bacteria and algae, which feel particularly good there and react with the pH value in the hot water, causing them to shine in a spectrum of colors.
Science is also highly interested in the so-called thermophilic bacteria. NASA, for example, is investigating the phenomenon in Yellowstone to study and simulate the living conditions on other planets. The microorganisms in Yellowstone National Park have also played a role in the medical field - and not all species of these tiny creatures have even been researched yet. Who knows what they can do to help us in the future.
To experience the colorful springs at close range and learn more, the park authorities have made the area widely accessible. Wooden walkways make it easy to explore Yellowstone National Park on foot - an ideal hiking trip for the whole family.
Home to many - Nature conservation in Yellowstone National Park
Admittedly, the flora and fauna away from the geysers and springs are only in second place when it comes to the highlights of the park. Wrongly so, because in the forests and mountains life is in full bloom. Lynxes, coyotes, badgers, foxes, wolves, bears, bison, ... the list could go on endlessly. The diversity of creatures speaks for the special nature of Yellowstone National Park.
On extensive hiking and biking tours, you can discover the wildlife paradise. But always keep to the rules at all times - for your own protection and that of nature. For Yellowstone to continue to provide such a wonderful home for flora and fauna, the area must be protected. Do your part by learning about it and leaving as few traces as possible when you visit.
Photo: Harrison Hargrave, CC0, Unsplash.com