What America Looks Like: Yellowstone National Park

The United States as seen by its residents

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In Yellowstone National Park, boulders deposited by a glacial icecap dot the Lamar Valley. Set aside by Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, Yellowstone encompasses more than 2 million acres. This photograph, the accompanying caption, and everything that follows in this entry is from Reuters.

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The Old Faithful Inn, built in 1903 and the largest log hotel in the world.

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The Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest in the United States and third largest in the world, and its colored bacteria and microbial mats.

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A herd of bison swim across the Yellowstone River.

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Steam rises from geysers and thermal features in the Biscuit Basin.

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A traffic jam is created when drivers stop to view a grizzly bear near Swan Lake.

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Crowds watch as the Old Faithful Geyser erupts.

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The Grand Prismatic Spring and its colored bacteria and microbial mats.

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Ranger John Kerr keeps travelers a safe distance of at least 100 meters away from an approaching black bear.

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Artist Jinsheng Song paints the Lower Yellowstone Falls.

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A fly fisherman on the Firehole River.

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Tourists walk to the nearly constantly erupting Clepsydra Geyser in the Fountain Paint Pot area.

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Cindy Butler and her boyfriend Jesse Beebe use a spotting scope to view a grizzly bear near Swan Lake.

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New trees grow in what was once a forest destroyed by fire.

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A cinnamon black bear, a subspecies of the American black bear, runs between cars.

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A hiker walks out of the Norris Geyser Basin, one of the most earthquake active regions of the park.

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Tourists walk between the geysers and hot springs of El Tatio.

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Travelers watch for wolves in the Hayden Valley.

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A wolf rolls in the snow in the Hayden Valley after killing and eating an elk.

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Boulders deposited by a glacial icecap dot the Lamar Valley.

Previously in this series: Venice Beach, California. Western Georgia. Cincinnati, Ohio.  Birmingham, Alabama. Clarksdale, Mississippi. New York, New York. The border between Arizona and Nevada. Detroit, Michigan. Key West, Florida. Portland, Oregon. Boston, Massachusetts. Austin, Texas. Nashville, Tennessee. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Seattle, Washington. Portland, Maine. Yokena, Mississippi. Smyrna, Georgia. Vicksburg, Mississippi. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hoboken, New Jersey. Los Angeles, California. Kittery, Maine. Hamden, Connecticut. Westwood, New Jersey. Weehawken, New Jersey. Reno, Nevada. Luna, New Mexico. Athens County, Ohio, living on a bus. On the Ohio River, addicted to pills. At Ohio University, Chinese exchange students. Inner City Oakland, California, on a bicycle. Variations on the swimming pool.

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Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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