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Yellowstone National Park
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     challenging words:    best-known, osprey, silvery-white, pronghorn, trumpeter, schedule, natural, provides, northwest, land, steamboat, bison, waves, lived, lodgepole, kinds
     content words:    Ice Age, On March, Yellowstone National Park, Steamboat Geyser, Grand Prismatic Spring, Morning Glory Pool, Yellowstone Lake, United States, National Park


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Yellowstone National Park
By Kathleen W. Redman
  

1     Hunters roamed the land of Yellowstone about 11,000 years ago. Humans have lived in the area since the last Ice Age. A small group of Shosone, called the Sheepeaters, made it their home. On March 1, 1872, over two million acres became America's first national park. Since that time, millions of people have visited it. What is so special about this place?
 
2     Yellowstone National Park is a wonderland of geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud, and other natural wonders. It is the only place in the world that many of its features can be seen. The park is filled with many kinds of plants and animals as well.
 
3     Old Faithful is the best-known geyser in the park. It shoots thousands of gallons of water high into the sky. It is called "Old Faithful" because it erupts on schedule (almost) every 92 minutes. There are about 300 other geysers. Steamboat Geyser is the world's tallest geyser. Its water reaches about 400 feet.

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