June 19, 2010
As our Yellowstone odyssey winds down we find ourselves in a "hot spot". Our focus has shifted from ecology to geology. Yellowstone's geothermal areas (the geysers, fumeroles, mud pots and hot springs) are a reminder that we are standing on top of a very powerful volcano. Yellowstone is a geological wonderland; water is rocketed skyward, mud pools boil like stew on grandmother's stove, the steam belches out of caverns like a sleeping dragon. Underneath our feet the magma chamber roils and expands. The earth is a living entity, a sleeping giant that one day could explode again, transforming this already dramatic landscape. We are in awe of its power and the creatures that call this place home.