Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lower Falls

As the Yellowstone River runs north, leaving Hayden Valley, it passes over two falls. The first is the Upper Falls, which is 109 feet high. A quarter of a mile later it plunges over the spectacular lower falls, pictured above. At the Lower Falls the river falls 308 feet from the hard ryholite canyon walls, which were formed by volcanic activity about 600,000 years ago, down into the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Up to approximately 63,000 gallons of water per second goes over the falls during the spring run off season making it the largest waterfall, in volume, in the Rocky Mountains of the United States.


knudsonerica said...

Beautiful! This brings me wonderful memories of some family vacations to Yellowstone.

missing moments said...

Just awesome!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

That's a magnificent waterfall!


If you’re stressed and weary
Try a thing or two:
Go down to the river,
Take a friend with you;
Take your shoes and socks off,
Plunge in twenty toes—
Feel the waters’ healing
As the river flows!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Dinah said...

The word spectacular does not give it justice! Its perfect! Its majestic!

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