Yellowstone National Park Field Study 2009

Fun Facts about Yellowstone National Park

 

Information about the park:

(sourcehttp://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/factsheet.htm)

General Information:

  1. Yellowstone is the world’s first “National Park”

  2. its total area is 3,472 square miles, or 8,987 square km  (or 2,219,789 acres or 898,317 hectares)

  3. 96 % of the park’s area lies within the state of Wyoming, 3 % in Montana, and 1 % in Idaho

  4. Highest Point in the park: 11,358 ft / 3,462 m (Eagle Peak)

  5. Lowest Point: 5,282 ft / 1,610 m (Reese Creek)

  6. Approximately 5% of park is covered by water; 15% is grassland; and 80% is forested


About the Park’s Wildlife:

  1. 7 species of native ungulates (hoofed mammals)

  2. 2 species of bears

  3. Approximately 67 species of other mammals

  4. 322 recorded species of birds (148 nesting species)

  5. 16 species of fish (5 non-native)

  6. 6 species of reptiles

  7. 4 species of amphibians

  8. 1 threatened species: Canada lynx

  9. 1 endangered species: gray wolf (designated an experimental and non-essential population in Yellowstone National Park; proposed for delisting in 2008)


About the Park’s Plant Life:

  1. 7 species of conifers

  2. Approximately 80% of forest is comprised of lodgepole pine

  3. Approximately 1,100 species of native vascular plants

  4. More than 199 species of exotic (non-native) plants

  5. 186 species of lichens

  6. At least 406 species of thermophiles (only 1% of hydrothermal areas inventoried)


Geology:

  1. Yellowstone National Park includes an active volcano!

  2. the park experiences approximately 1,000–3,000 earthquakes annually

  3. there are approximately 10,000 thermal features

  4. more than 300 geysers

  5. one of the world’s largest calderas (a volcanic complex), measuring 45 by 30 miles (72 by 48 km)

  6. one of the world's largest petrified forests

  7. approximately 290 waterfalls, 15 ft. or higher, flowing year-round (tallest waterfall: Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River at 308 ft or 94 m)


Cultural Resources:

  1. 1,000+ documented archeological sites

  2. 1,106 historic structures

  3. 6 National Historic Landmarks (Obsidian Cliff & 5 buildings)

  4. Nearly 200,000 museum objects

  5. 20,000 titles in Park Research Library

  6. 2,500 linear feet of historic documents

  7. About 90,000 photographic prints and negatives

  8. 21 Affiliated American Indian tribes


Visitors:

  1. Yellowstone N.P. received 3,151,342 visitors in 2007, the record for a year

  2. Winter visitors: Approximately 99,775


Park Facilities:

  1. 9 visitor centers and museums

  2. 9 hotels/lodges (2,000+ hotel rooms/cabins)

  3. 7 NPS-operated campgrounds (454 sites)

  4. 5 concession-operated campgrounds (1,700 sites)

  5. 1,500+ buildings (NPS and concessions)

  6. 52 picnic areas

  7. 1 marina

  8. 13 self-guiding trails


Park Employees:

  1. Approximately 800 National Park Service during the summers (or about 400 year-round)

  2. Approximately 3,500 work for concessions


Contact Information:

  1. National Park Service

  2. P.O. Box 168

  3. Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

  4. Internet Website: www.nps.gov/yell/

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