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Snapshots

  1. what is she looking at???

    Snapshot Title: what is she looking at???
    Taken by: Don

    Image: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from Artists Point
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    what is she looking at???



  2. Osprey on nest

    Snapshot Title: Osprey on nest
    Taken by: Mack Frost

    Image: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from Artists Point
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    An osprey, probably the female, attends the nest located below Lookout Point. A mated pair has occupied this nest for over a decade, and can easily be observed from Lookout Point with a set of binocu...



  3. More Tourists

    Snapshot Title: More Tourists
    Taken by: Mack Frost

    Image: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from Artists Point
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    Lookout Point provides the best view of the Lower Falls from the North Rim of the Canyon.



  4. Visitor at Grand View Point

    Snapshot Title: Visitor at Grand View Point
    Taken by: Mack Frost

    Image: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from Artists Point
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    The remarkable detail of this gigapan shows us Grand View, a platform built right at the edge of the canyon directly across the gorge from Artist Point. It's part of the North Rim Trail system that r...



  5. Tourists

    Snapshot Title: Tourists
    Taken by: Ron Schott

    Image: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from Artists Point
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    ... for scale.



  6. Eggs in the Nest

    Snapshot Title: Eggs in the Nest
    Taken by: Ron Schott

    Image: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from Artists Point
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    This large nest is the home of an eagle or osprey family. Mom and Dad don't appear to be home, but there are evidently at least two eggs in the nest - the next generation.



  7. Aftermath of Fire

    Snapshot Title: Aftermath of Fire
    Taken by: Ron Schott

    Image: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from Artists Point
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    Burned in the fires that swept Yellowstone a decade earlier, these lodgepole forests are beginning to regrow, as can be seen on the horizon.



  8. Angle of Repose

    Snapshot Title: Angle of Repose
    Taken by: Ron Schott

    Image: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from Artists Point
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    Loose, dry, angular sediments such as those eroding from the walls of the gorge pile up at a maximum angle of about 45 degrees. Any steeper and they will spontaneously avalanche to the river below.



  9. Oxidation

    Snapshot Title: Oxidation
    Taken by: Ron Schott

    Image: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from Artists Point
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    Where rocks have been exposed to the atmosphere for a longer period of time, a dark oxidation crust forms on their surface. Contrast these more stable, vegetated slopes with the freshly exposed rocks...



  10. Avalanche Chute

    Snapshot Title: Avalanche Chute
    Taken by: Ron Schott

    Image: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from Artists Point
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    Mass wasting processes driven by gravity cause weathered and loosened rocks to fall down the walls of the gorge to the river below. Avalanch chutes such as the one seen in the center of this snapshot...



  11. Yellow Stone

    Snapshot Title: Yellow Stone
    Taken by: Ron Schott

    Image: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from Artists Point
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    Hydrothermal alteration has reduced original iron-bearing minerals in the walls of the gorge to the secondary mineral limonite, which has a yellowish color.



  12. Iron Stains

    Snapshot Title: Iron Stains
    Taken by: Ron Schott

    Image: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from Artists Point
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    Where hot springs have altered the rhyolite bedrock in the walls of the gorge it has weakened them and allowed the river to cut the path of least resistance.



  13. Rainbow in the Mist

    Snapshot Title: Rainbow in the Mist
    Taken by: Ron Schott

    Image: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from Artists Point
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    The rainbow in the mist at the base of the falls is a reminder that the sun's energy drives the hydrologic cycle which is locked here in a constant struggle with the rock cycle which uplifts and renew...



  14. Lower Yellowstone Falls

    Snapshot Title: Lower Yellowstone Falls
    Taken by: Ron Schott

    Image: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from Artists Point
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    Lower Yellowstone Falls marks the point where the river is actively carving through a more resistant layer into the softer rocks below - it's headward retreat continually lengthens this gorge.