Yellowstone Lake - A Virtual View
You are looking east at Yellowstone Lake (1) from a vantage point about four miles above Old Faithful. Twenty-mile-long Yellowstone Lake is the largest mountain lake in North America. Other prominent lakes include: Shoshone (2), Lewis (3), and Heart (4). Framing the horizon are the 11,000 foot peaks of the Absaroka Range (5), Sylvan Pass (6), and the fog-filled valley of North Fork Shoshone River (7) leading to Cody, Wyoming. Familiar sites include: Fishing Bridge (8), Grant Village (9), and Hayden Valley (10). Recent forest fires, driven by southwest winds, have left gray scars on the lodgepole pine forests of the Central Plateau (11).
Production: All elements in this scene, including fog and clouds, were created from wireframe objects rendered with 3-D software. Terrain texture derives from a satellite image merged with digital elevation data.
Did You Know?
Yellowstone contains approximately one-half of the world’s hydrothermal features. There are over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including over 300 geysers, in the park.