Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Welcome to Theodore Roosevelt National Park
An Example of the Rock Formations
No Dinosaurs in These Rocks
- the rock strata are only about 30 to 50 million years old, so no dinosaur fossils are found in the park
Rock Strata "Slump" Description
- see what happens when the side of a hill detaches and slides downward...
Rock Strata "Slump" Example
- can you match up the rock layers in the slump with the remaining hillside?
Concretions...What Are They?
- Wikipedia says that Concretions are formed by the precipitation of mineral "cement" in the spaces between the particles of sedimentary rock...
Concretions Sent Downstream by Water Flow
- ...they are often ovoid or round in shape as seen here
- the Badland topography gives way to the rolling prairie
Prairie Grass Type Sign
- the Great Plains lies in the "rain shadow" of the Rocky Mountains and is shown by different types of grasslands
Prairie Grass Roots
- are 8 to 10 times deeper than the plant is tall!
American Bison #1
- Buffalo go wherever they want! This bull has become separated from the main herd...
American Bison Herd #4
- ...which was grazing several miles away
Buffalo Are Dangerous
- words to live by!
- Buffalo "chips" were used by Native Americans and early settlers as fuel for fires. This is a "fresh" chip, still too moist to be useful...
Buffalo Chip Growing Mushrooms
- ...but this dryer chip would probably burn well
Spotted Towhee #10
- a fairly common bird throughout the park
Bee Balm #5
- small groups of this flower were seen along the road
Pale Purple Coneflower #4
- a typical prairie plant
Smooth Sumac #1
- found on hillsides and coulees (small canyons)
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