Monthly Archives: September 2010

It’s the Stupid Economy

When unemployment spikes, when prices rise or wages don’t, people suffer. But environmentally speaking, there’s a problem. When our economy is what we call “strong,” or begins what we call a “recovery,” people might have more money in their pockets. … Continue reading

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Nice Geysers Finish Last

If a person knows just one thing about Yellowstone National Park, it’s probably Old Faithful. If park signage is to be believed, the geyser merits its own off-ramp. Old Faithful, however, is only one of 300 geysers in the park, … Continue reading

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Tent Camping

In some ways, modern camping isn’t too much less technologically mediated than noncamping. By “camping,” I don’t even mean RV-ing, or state-park drive-up, double-burner-propane-stove-style camping. Even the backcountry variety, as relatively stripped-down as it is, depends on stuff that didn’t … Continue reading

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The Tree That Made Yellowstone

The giant volcano that erupted 640,000 years ago left most of what’s now Yellowstone National Park blanketed in rhyolite, a volcanic rock that makes for very poor soil. It’s acidic, lacks the nutrients most trees require, and it holds water … Continue reading

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Yellowstone National Park

For many people, the idea of Yellowstone National Park as an inviolable, unchanging wilderness sanctuary was shaken by the fires of 1988, which torched one-third of the park. The fires made national news – and painted West Coast sunrises purple … Continue reading

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