Dinos didn’t just leave behind footprints and fossil bones—they also changed the landscapes in which they lived
POTD July 12, 2016: Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, Washington County, Utah.
Photographer: Paul Inkenbrandt; © 2016
In the solitary hunt for bones, furry companions provide company, act as field assistants and sometimes even make the ultimate sacrifice
Picture, if you will, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex.
The odds are good what you envision has been brought to you in part by “Jurassic Park,” a plastic toy or some other facet of pop culture.
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry • About 148 million years have passed since dozens of corpses of meat-eating dinosaurs were deposited here, just north of the San Rafael Swell and about 30 miles southeast of Price.
It’s not hard to find natural wonders within Yellowstone National Park, but the park’s largest hot spring might be the most remarkable, and not just for its size: dubbed the Grand Prismatic Spring, the hot spring radiates extremely hot water—and stunning prismatic color—from its center.
Wilson Health Springs and the Deep Creek Range, Tooele and Juab Counties
Photographer: Rich Emerson; © 2016
Fossil hunters have been racing to the American West since the 1800s, and despite important and historic results, the contest to find new dinosaurs hasn’t always been pretty.
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