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Created in 1872, Yellowstone was the very first national park in the world. It is the centerpiece of the 20 million acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a region that includes Grand Teton National Park and adjacent National Forests. Considered to be the world's largest intact ecosystem in the northern temperate zone, Yellowstone is well-known for its wildlife and is the most popular megafauna location in the Continental United States, occupied by grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk. It is located primarily in Wyoming but extends into Montana and Idaho.

Yellowstone has many types of ecosystems, including subalpine forest, mountain ranges, canyons, lakes and rivers. The topography has been shaped by lava flows and volcanic rocks from the still-active Yellowstone Caldera, the largest sup
Line of Bison {Bison bison} geysers steaming, Yellowstone National Park, USA.  -  Pete Cairns
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Pete Cairns / Line of Bison {Bison bison} geysers steaming, Yellowstone National Park, USA.
Tourists watching the Fountain Paint Pot Geyser erupt. Yellowstone National Park, USA.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Tourists watching the Fountain Paint Pot Geyser erupt. Yellowstone National Park, USA.
Bull elk (Cervus elpahus) vocalising in its winter habitat, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.  -  Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Bull elk (Cervus elpahus) vocalising in its winter habitat, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.
Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA  -  George McCarthy
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George McCarthy / Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Campsite at twilight, Jenny Lake Campground, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Campsite at twilight, Jenny Lake Campground, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
Lone Star Geyser erupting in Lone Star Geysyer Basin at night, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, October 2007  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Lone Star Geyser erupting in Lone Star Geysyer Basin at night, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, October 2007
Morning glory pool, Old Faithful geyser, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA  -  Pete Cairns
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Pete Cairns / Morning glory pool, Old Faithful geyser, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA
Orange Mound Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, June 2010.  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Orange Mound Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, June 2010.
Lower falls of the Yellowstone river viewed from Artist point, Yellowstone, USA  -  Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Lower falls of the Yellowstone river viewed from Artist point, Yellowstone, USA
Looking over the brink of Lower Falls into Grand Canyon of Yellowstone river, Yellowstone NP, USA.  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Looking over the brink of Lower Falls into Grand Canyon of Yellowstone river, Yellowstone NP, USA.
People admiring scenery at Brink of the Lower Falls Trail and viewpoint, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone river, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / People admiring scenery at Brink of the Lower Falls Trail and viewpoint, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone river, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Shed antlers of Elk {Cervus elaphus} in Lamar valley, Yellowstone, USA  -  Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Shed antlers of Elk {Cervus elaphus} in Lamar valley, Yellowstone, USA
Aerial view of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Aerial view of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Colourful run off from geothermal pool formed by algae and bacteria, Yellowstone National Park, Montana, USA  -  George McCarthy
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George McCarthy / Colourful run off from geothermal pool formed by algae and bacteria, Yellowstone National Park, Montana, USA
Cistern Spring in Norris Geyser Basin showing colour of blue green algae and bacteria. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, January 2011.  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Cistern Spring in Norris Geyser Basin showing colour of blue green algae and bacteria. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, January 2011.
Native American Teepee rings on Table Mountain near Dubois, Shoshone reserve, Wyoming, USA, May 2009  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Native American Teepee rings on Table Mountain near Dubois, Shoshone reserve, Wyoming, USA, May 2009
RF- Elk / Red deer (Cervus elaphus) female in mist at dawn.  Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / RF- Elk / Red deer (Cervus elaphus) female in mist at dawn. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Two male Elk {Cervus canadensis} in velvet, resting in foggy meadow at dawn, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, July  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Two male Elk {Cervus canadensis} in velvet, resting in foggy meadow at dawn, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, July
Elk {Cervus elaphus} male bugling in fog, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA  -  Shattil & Rozinski
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Shattil & Rozinski / Elk {Cervus elaphus} male bugling in fog, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA
Bison {Bison bison} bull warming-up next to thermal pool during winter, Yellowstone National Park, USA  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Bison {Bison bison} bull warming-up next to thermal pool during winter, Yellowstone National Park, USA
Snowmobiling in the Bridger - Teton National Forest on Togwotee Pass near Dubois, Wyoming. Model released, January 2009  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Snowmobiling in the Bridger - Teton National Forest on Togwotee Pass near Dubois, Wyoming. Model released, January 2009
Snowmobile road in winter. Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA  -  Pete Cairns
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Pete Cairns / Snowmobile road in winter. Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA
Fisherman fishing at sunrise in the Upper Madison River, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA, September 2006  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Fisherman fishing at sunrise in the Upper Madison River, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA, September 2006
Least chipmunk investigates photographer {Eutamias minimus} Yellowstone NP, WY, USA Model released.  -  Pete Cairns
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Pete Cairns / Least chipmunk investigates photographer {Eutamias minimus} Yellowstone NP, WY, USA Model released.
First light on mountains of the Teton range with storm clouds above and Snake river in the foreground, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / First light on mountains of the Teton range with storm clouds above and Snake river in the foreground, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
Silhouette of Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) standing on a rock by the Yellowstone River. Yellowstone National Park, USA,  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Silhouette of Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) standing on a rock by the Yellowstone River. Yellowstone National Park, USA,
Mule deer silhouette {Odocoileus hemionus} Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA.  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Mule deer silhouette {Odocoileus hemionus} Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA.
Bison {Bison bison} Grand Teton National Park in spring, Wyoming, USA  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Bison {Bison bison} Grand Teton National Park in spring, Wyoming, USA
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) portrait. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, October.  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) portrait. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, October.
Young Black bear (Ursus americanus) cub climbing mature fir tree, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, May  -  George Sanker
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George Sanker / Young Black bear (Ursus americanus) cub climbing mature fir tree, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, May
Black bear (Ursus americanus) cub, brown phase, looking out from behind tree trunk, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, May  -  George Sanker
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George Sanker / Black bear (Ursus americanus) cub, brown phase, looking out from behind tree trunk, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, May
Black bear (Ursus americanus) cubs, male and female, one black the other brown, playing roughly, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, May  -  George Sanker
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George Sanker / Black bear (Ursus americanus) cubs, male and female, one black the other brown, playing roughly, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, May
Female Black bear (Ursus americanus) scratching back against tree, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, May  -  George Sanker
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George Sanker / Female Black bear (Ursus americanus) scratching back against tree, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, May
Male North American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) alarm calling, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, June  -  George Sanker
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George Sanker / Male North American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) alarm calling, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, June
Least chipmunk {Eutamais minimus} in pine forest, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA  -  Pete Cairns
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Pete Cairns / Least chipmunk {Eutamais minimus} in pine forest, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA
Travertine mineral deposits on Orange Mound Spring, Mammoth Terraces, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Travertine mineral deposits on Orange Mound Spring, Mammoth Terraces, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Thermal hot springs along the Firehold River, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, October 2008  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Thermal hot springs along the Firehold River, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, October 2008
Giant Geyser in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Giant Geyser in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Thermophile mats formed by algae, bacteria and other heat loving micro-organismsms, in hot springs Black Sand Basin, Yellowstone, USA  -  Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Thermophile mats formed by algae, bacteria and other heat loving micro-organismsms, in hot springs Black Sand Basin, Yellowstone, USA
Doublet Pool showing mineral deposition. Gesyer Hill Complex, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, September 2006.  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Doublet Pool showing mineral deposition. Gesyer Hill Complex, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, September 2006.
RF- Mt Moran and Snake river at oxbow bend. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA. Autumn. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / RF- Mt Moran and Snake river at oxbow bend. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA. Autumn. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Oxbow bend in Snake river on misty morning. Grand Teton NP, Wyoming, USA  -  Bernard Castelein
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Bernard Castelein / Oxbow bend in Snake river on misty morning. Grand Teton NP, Wyoming, USA
Great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) perch in a tree at dawn, in a forest in Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming, USA, June  -  Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) perch in a tree at dawn, in a forest in Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming, USA, June
Steep Cone geyser, Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Steep Cone geyser, Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA
Grand Prismatic Spring in Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA  -  Hermann Brehm
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Hermann Brehm / Grand Prismatic Spring in Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA
Dead Thermal Spider encased in thermophilic bacteria in hot Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, October  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Dead Thermal Spider encased in thermophilic bacteria in hot Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, October
Morning Glory Pool with tourists on boardwalk, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA.  -  Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Morning Glory Pool with tourists on boardwalk, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA.
Rustic Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Montana, USA  -  George McCarthy
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George McCarthy / Rustic Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Montana, USA
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