Yellowtone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park Geography Yellowstone National Park, established on March 1, 1872, is located on the western side of the United States. It has an area of 2,219,791 acres which meanders through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho (Yellowstone National Park, 2013). Over the years, due to the shift in tectonic plates, the park has moved across a mantle hotspot; this is known at the Yellowstone Caldera, a volcanic system. Some other features of the landscape include, geysers, mountains, lakes, canyons and rivers. Old Faithful is Yellowstone’s most famous geyser and there are 300 other geysers throughout the park. Another feature Yellowstone National Park offers is the waterfalls. It’s most popular waterfall, Lower Falls, is about 308’ (Yellowstone…show more content…
The debate about snow mobiles is that conservationists are concerned that the emissions from the snowmobiles, may impact wildlife, air and water quality, noise levels, and the pristine aesthetic of the Yellowstone wilderness (Millner, 2015) . On the other end of the spectrum, supporters think snowmobiling will provide economic benefits to local communities and the importance of preserving access to public lands (Millner, 2015). Gray wolves (95-1997) and bison (1905) were brought to Yellowstone National Park as reintroduction into their previous habitat after declining populations from overharvesting. The controversy with the reintroduction of the wolves is that the wolves would leave the park and kill the livestock of local ranchers (Smuclovisky, 2007). The controversy that exists today is that the National Park Service and the USFWS want to allow the bison to roam outside the park rather than keeping them within the park. This would allow the bison to search for food in the winter. However, ranchers and cattlemen believe that the bison would spread a disease known as brucellosis to their cattle and the bison would compete with their cattle for grass on public lands (National Park Trips,
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