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National Park - Norris Geyser Basin
of sign - Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park
taken June 2008
this highly dynamic thermal basin, the earth's molten interior seems
just below the surface. Wander slowly and see colorful
built up around steam vents and a rainbow of algae and bacteria
thriving in hot water. Look for evidence of ongoing
dying trees on hot ground and crumbling mineral remains of
once-active thermal features.
loop trails start here. While not meeting Americans With
Disabilities Act standards because of steep grades, some of the
Back Basin and Porcelain Basin have no steps and are more easily accessible
than others (see map). All geothermal areas are
Stay on designated walkways.
Basin Trail begins with a panoramic view of the geyser
basin. The trail takes you through a steaming landscape
geysers, boiling springs, and colorful features. Longest loop trail
distance is approximately 1/2 mile (.8 kilometer).
Basin Trail winds through forested areas and passes Steamboat
Geyser, famous for the worlds highest (but totally
eruptions. On the back loop, Echinus (e-KI-nus) Geyser erupts
several times a day. Longest loop trail distance
approximately 1 1/2 miles (2.4 kilometers).
binoculars in the basin for a close view of colorful minerals,
algae, and bacteria. Protect all lenses from
spray and steam.
on the sign
addition to the text this sign features a map of the Norris Geyser Basin and
a photo of from the Porcelain Basin Trail and another
the Back Basin Trail.
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