Wyoming

 

Geological State Symbols Across America           Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures


Wyoming State Geological Symbols
Type
Symbol
Year Established
State Gemstone
Jade
1967
State Fossil
Knightia
1987
State Dinosaur
Triceratops
1994

 

State Gemstone: Jade

 


State Fossil: Knightia

 


State Dinosaur: Triceratops


 

References

https://statesymbolsusa.org/states/united-states/wyoming


Geology of Wyoming's National Parks

Through Pictures

(at least the one's I have been to)

 

Devils Tower National Monument

Visited in 1997

 

Me in front of Devil's Tower              Devil's Tower

         View of me in front of the Tower                                                      View of the Tower near the Visitor's Center


Fossil Butte National Monument

Visited in 2013

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

The obligatory entrance sign.

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

Since the park is a fossil based park, and most fossils you can't see in their "natural habitat", the best places to see the local fossils are in the visitor centers of these parks. Here we have a fossil wall of some of the spectacular fish fossils found. 

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

Many of the fossil plants found in the park. 

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

 A crocodilian skeleton.

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

Some local turtle fossils.

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

Vertebrate fossils like lizards, bats, and a tiny early horse.

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

 Panoramic view of the park from one of the highest points along the main drive.

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

First view of the Historic Quarry as we hiked up to it.

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

Up close view of the Historic Quarry as you come up on it from the main trail. The Historic Quarry is located within the Green River Formation of the Eocene. The Green River Formation is a prehistoric lake deposit from a lake known as Fossil Lake. In these deposits each layer of sediment within the rocks represents sediment that was slowly deposited over time, likely with one layer representing one year of deposition, with winter time freezing over the lake and halting deposition.

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

Me in front of the quarry. 

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

View of the further side of the Historic Quarry where the trail switchbacks up to the upper layers.

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

View of some of the main fossil bearing units in the upper portion of the Historic Quarry. You can see the individual laminae pretty well from here.

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

Panoramic view of the valley standing at the Historic Quarry 

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

A highlight of where to find some fossils among the many laminae of the prehistoric lake bed.

 

Fossil Butte National Monument

Entering the old fossil hunter's home.


Grand Teton National Park

Visited in 2010

 

Grand Tetons

Entrance to the park with the family.

 

Grand Teton NP        Grand Teton NP

Us getting ready for our first real hike with the few month old.                                     During the hike up to one of the lakes.            

 

Grand Teton NP

A stream along that hike.

 

Grand Teton NP

Panorama near the visitor's center.

 

Grand Teton NP        Grand Teton NP

The lake at the end of the hike first hike.                                                          Me in Jackson Lake              

 

Grand Teton NP

A small hike alongside Jackson Lake.

 

Grand Teton NP

Sunset from far away while driving back to the hotel.


John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway

Visited in 2010

 

J.D. Rockefeller NP        J.D. Rockefeller NP

This is a bizarre "National Park" in that there is nothing to it. They wanted a park to connect Yellowstone NP with Grand Teton NP, so they made this one. There is only one place to stop and that is this "visitor's center". The mosquitoes were so bad here I literally jumped out of the car, snapped some pictures, went inside the building for 5 second, then left. It doesn't even have its own webpage. They use part of the Grand Teton NP webpage.


Yellowstone National Park

Visited in 1997 and 2010

 

Yellowstone NP

View of my father back in 1997 and me in 2010 during an Old Faithful eruption.

 

Yellowstone NP

Rainbow with eruption. I'm pretty sure this is Old Faithful erupting but there was another nearby geyser erupting about the same time, so I am not positive.

 

Yellowstone NP        Yellowstone NP

Along the geyser hike looking back towards Old Faithful                                 Some hot springs along the Geyser walk.        

along Firehole River.                                                                                                         

 

Yellowstone NP        Yellowstone NP

Lovely algae cover on the water.                                                                         Some more hot springs.

 

Yellowstone NP        Yellowstone NP

        I love this spring. The water is so clear you can see right          My wife and recently born child doing the geyser hike near old faithful.

down the crack.                                                                                                                     

 

Yellowstone NP

Stopped to take a geology geek picture of the Continental Divide. However, I think the water ended up going in the same direction, so I think the sign is a bit off.

 

Yellowstone NP

Panorama of Yellowstone Lake with some hot springs in the front.

 

Yellowstone NP

Another view of Yellowstone Lake with the wife in the middle.

 

Yellowstone NP        Yellowstone NP

                              Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.                           Some formations near the Mammoth Hot Springs section of the park.

 

Yellowstone NP       

           More formations near Mammoth Hot Springs.                               A buffalo was blocking traffic so I wanted to put together

                                                                                                     a slide show of him walking passed the car.

 

Yellowstone Hotspring

Me in front of one of the hydrothermal vents