Yellowstone National Park

پارک یلوستون :: پارک یلوستونThe Rocky Mountains of North America are quite old. Even though they were very volcanic millions of years ago, only a couple was still active today. In Yellowstone National Park, however, there is a large area of land, which indicates recent volcanic activity. This area contains hot springs, geysers and mud springs. Hot springs, like geysers, are caused by underground water being heated by hot rocks down in the earth. This hot water is then forced to the surface. When the surface rock is soft or porous, then the hot water bubbles up like a spring.

When the surface rock is hard, then the hot water shoots up through any hole in the rock that it can find. These spurts of hot water are called geysers. Yellowstone also contains mud pots or mud springs. These happen when the hot water is turned to steam, and the steam carries mud and clay to the surface. Yellowstone Park is high up in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming.

Very few white people went there until the 1860s. It is said that Indians avoided the area because they thought that evil spirits lived there. In 1869, three men from Montana decided to explore this remote area. They were very impressed with its natural wonders and talked about it to others. Two other exploring expeditions followed in the next two years.

These visitors were so enthusiastic about the beauty and majesty of Yellowstone that they asked that it be made a national park. At that time, there was no national park system in America. Nonetheless, in 1872, the American government agreed to set aside these lands as a public park. Why were the early visitors to Yellowstone so impressed?

First, the scenery is spectacular. The Yellowstone River has created its own Grand Canyon through years of eroding its rocky banks. It is the yellow colour of these canyon walls that gave Yellowstone its name. The area has many waterfalls, including the 308-foot high Lower Falls in the Yellowstone River. There are many beautiful lakes, and the largest is Yellowstone Lake.

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  • volcanic (adj)
    relating to or caused by a volcano
    black volcanic sand


    [countable] a place where water comes up naturally from the ground
    spring water There are several hot springs in the area.


    geysera natural spring that sends hot water and steam suddenly into the air from a hole in the ground

    porous (adj)

    allowing liquid, air etc to pass slowly through many very small holes
    porous material
    our defensive lines are porous 



    when an amount of liquid or flame suddenly comes quickly out of something
    spurt of
    a sudden spurt of flame
    in spurts
    The water came out of the tap in short spurts (=a small amount at a time) .

    the boys spurted water from their mouths.   
    blood was spurting from his head wound.



    ▶FAR AWAY◀
    far from towns or other places where people live
    ᅳsynonym isolateda

    remote border town
    a fire in a remote mountain area


    something that makes you feel surprise and admiration
    technological wonders

    the Seven Wonders of the World


    feeling or showing a lot of interest and excitement about something
    enthusiastic about (doing) something
    All the staff are enthusiastic about the project.
    The singer got an enthusiastic reception.
    an enthusiastic supporter of the party leader 



    the quality that something big has of being impressive, powerful, or beautiful
    majesty of
    the pure majesty of the Alps

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    very impressive
    a mountainous area with spectacular scenery a spectacular success
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    when an amount of liquid or flame suddenly comes quickly out of something
    spurt of
    a sudden spurt of flame
    in spurts
    The water came out of the tap in short spurts (=a small amount at a time) .

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