The Devil's Ink Pot-yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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Queer names have been given to many of the hot springs in the Yellowstone National Park. One of them has been called the Devil's Thumb, another, the Devil's Punch Bowl, and the one here shown is the Devil's Ink Pot. All such names were applied because the evidences of heat suggest the underworld. The Devil's Ink Pot is a boiling spring. Its waters bubble continuously, and occasionally burst out in small eruptions. In its explosions it throws up dark-colored mud. Many of the hot springs have built about themselves white mineral deposits forming terraces. These terraces stand high up in the air,-so high that trees of considerable size have been engulfed. Tiny plants called algae (al´ j) grow on the edges and sides of the basins. These plants give the springs their brilliant summer colors of red, pink, and bluish gray. Most of the great Park is covered with forests. In these forests live bear, elk, moose, deer, antelope, and bison. Here occasionally one may see a grizzly bear, and more frequently, brown, cinnamon, and black bears. Some of these big fellows become quite friendly to the tourists. They become altogether too friendly at times, especially when they steal the camp supplies. The Park contains 30,000 elk, several thousand moose, a countless number of deer, many antelope, and the largest herd of bison in the United States. Among the crags are many eagles, and on the lakes are thousands of large, white pelicans. Yellowstone is not only a place of natural wonders, but it is a paradise for our wild animals as well. Keystone ID: 13589 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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