This post is a part of a series on a trip to Montana, written by Caroline Johnson.

Underneath our feet is a world that continues to amaze us with new things every minute. From our puny view, the world is stationary, even as our lives divulge into what seems to be complete chaos. But the world is shifting under our feet and we have no control over it, and that upsets a lot of people. This state of constant change does make for some pretty interesting features that we would be foolish not to appreciate.

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Yellowstone National Park sits right upon a geological hot-spot, creating features such as geysers. This, and many other aspects of the park, such as the Mammoth Hot Springs and Grand Prismatic make the park truly unique and utterly gorgeous.

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Imagine you’re a bit of the elements in the core of the Earth. You notice two things about your surroundings: the molten rock and the heat. This molten rock is sloshing around you, and all of a sudden you shoot upwards through a crack in the Earth. The movement of the Earth causes the crust above you to shift and the heat that surrounds you to seep upward. You and your heat hit the groundwater and boom, you burst upwards above the ground in a geyser of hot water and steam to a group of thoroughly confused explorers. In awe of your entrance, they wait around, and about half an hour later boom, the geyser goes off again. This happens several times, and the settlers dub you, the magical, reliable geyser, “Old Faithful.”

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