Sunday, June 14, 2015

Grand Teton National Park - USA

Grand Teton National Park is a United States National Park in northwestern Wyoming. At approximately 310,000 acres (480 sq mi; 130,000 ha; 1,300 km2), the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile-long (64 km) Teton Range as well as most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole. - in: wikipedia

 Photographer: Jonathan Mortensen
US-3335299, sent by Lori.
On the back of the card: Geologic forces shaped this landscape. About nine million years ago, the Teton Range began to rise and the floor of Jackson Hole started to subside. A series of deep cracks called fault zones separated the mountain block of the earth crust from the valley block. With each episode of ancient earthquakes, the mountain block would rise and the valley block would sink. Occasional earthquakes remind us that mountain building continues. 

Grand Teton National Park is named for Grand Teton, the tallest mountain in the Teton Range. The naming of the mountains is attributed to early 19th-century French-speaking trappers—les trois tétons (the three teats) was later anglicized and shortened to Tetons.
Grand Teton National Park is an almost pristine ecosystem and the same species of flora and fauna that have existed since prehistoric times can still be found there. More than 1,000 species of vascular plants, dozens of species of mammals, 300 species of birds, more than a dozen fish species and a few species of reptiles and amphibians exist. Due to various changes in the ecosystem, some of them human-induced, efforts have been made to provide enhanced protection to some species of native fish and the increasingly threatened whitebark pine. - in: wikipedia
Card sent by Heidi. 

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