The Importance Of Yellowstone National Park

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National parks are areas specified by the federal government to preserve the natural environment. They exist for the general public to enjoy, but most importantly, for the preservation of animals. National parks often have a historical or scientific purpose with a special landscape that has been kept in its natural state. The oldest, largest and possibly the most well-known national park in the United States is Yellowstone National Park which protects the scenery, wildlife, geologic and ecological systems for future generations. Yellowstone National Park was reserved due to its geothermal sensations including the collective geothermal, geologic, and hydrologic features and systems along with its underlying volcanic activity that supports them. The park preserves a large and diverse group of land-dwelling, water-dwelling, and microbial life. Natural processes operate in an ecological context which has not been impacted by human change making it a valuable and unique natural preserve. David Folsom, William Peterson and C.W. Cook completed the first successful Yellowstone expedition in 1869. They were in awe of the landscape’s unusual features including canyons, various rock formations and a multitude of thermal features. The men were excited about what they saw and reported their findings only to receive the same apathetic news as earlier travelers such as the well-known John Colter. A later expedition conducted by General Henry Washburn and his fellow men was more
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