As one of the last, nearly intact temperate ecosystems on Earth, Yellowstone's natural processes operate in an ecological context that has been less subject to human alteration than others throughout the world. Yellowstone also has a rich history that includes an archeological record of more than 11,000 years of human use and modern history documenting the development of the national park idea. Scientists conduct research ranging from large studies of landscape-level changes affecting the local ecosystem to studies of tiny organisms that have the potential to change the lives of people beyond Yellowstone's boundaries. Their results also help inform management decisions.
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Last updated: October 27, 2016