I’ve had a really good go at finding some natural phenomenon beginning with Y that would fit both my A to Z theme and my Local Heroes Reading Challenge. I failed.
Yellowstone National Park is not local to me, but it is full of natural phenomena. It is famous for its geysers, of course, but the only place I’ve seen geysers was in New Zealand, so I’m giving you a picture of Waiotapu! There’s a very similar photo of Yellowstone on Google images.
Yellowstone is a caldera, or large central area of a volcano, formed when it had a massive explosion on one of its eruptions: it’s still active. That makes it a good place to set many disaster movies and books! It’s also got many habitat zones that have wildlife unique to the area. It’s such a large place that these small populations are nevertheless sustainable. The dependencies between the various life forms are so interesting that it was the basis for one entire term of a course on ecosystems that I did. I was searching for some of the media for it, but couldn’t find it, which is a shame, as there were some great photos and graphics.
There was some new research out on the underlying magma chamber, published on Monday, which you can check out here. Or watch the video link (if it works!). It really is an extraordinary place.
I’d love to get there some day, having not had time the last time I was in the area, and spent a couple of days in Estes Park instead. But since the total eclipse of the sun will be going through Yellowstone in August 2017, that might be a good opportunity. Accommodation may be sold out already, though!
Now for my monthly Challenge update, and I’ve still only read 2 books towards my Local Heroes target of 6.
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I’ve now read 17 books towards my Goodreads target, reviewed 15 for my Mad Reviewer Challenge, and included 3 for the Oddity Odyssey!
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