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And then there were the mountains, valleys, rivers, falls, the glacier-carved canyon, and wildlife.

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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

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Yellowstone Falls

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Golden Gate Bridge of Yellowstone

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Mountain Bluebird

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Calcite Springs

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Lamar Valley

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While the Grand Tetons were formed by the collision of tectonic plates, Yellowstone was formed by volcanic eruptions that resulted in a caldera (essentially a volcano with its top blown off). The Yellowstone volcano is still active, and has created more than half of the world’s geothermal features combined: hot springs, geysers, mudpots, and fumaroles.

Viewing these geothermal features with my own eyes was otherworldly. It was like I had been transported into a fantasy land, with fountains spewing from the ground, steam escaping from the depths of the earth, mud bubbling angrily, and turquoise-blue and jade waters that looked so inviting, but would scald you upon touch.

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