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travel Activites WILDFLOWER

LODGE

CYCLIST

HIKING TRAIL

BALD EAGLE

LEAF

MUSHROOM

BEAR!

SUNSET

BUTTERFLY

BURGER

TENT

ANIMAL TRACK

RAFTERS

TROUT

SUNNY DAY

MUSEUM CAMPER VAN

CAMPFIRE

DID YOU KNOW... Many different rocks are found in the mountains of Montana? Over a long, long time, Montana has had a wild geologic history. Early on it was covered by a giant lake. Then it was smashed into high mountains, cut by volcanoes and glaciers, and an ocean covered the eastern part of the state! Making mountains produces a lot of neat crystals (like garnet and kyanite). Volcanoes create volcanic flows that turn into basalt. The magma that forms volcanoes can turn quartz into sapphires. And the edges of what use to be oceans were a popular place for dinosaurs, who laid eggs and became fossils themselves. Scott Close is a metal exploration geologist and entrepreneur who loves to learn and educate. Scott holds a degrees from Montana State University and Simon Fraser University and lives with his family in Bozeman, often wandering around new and remote places seeking the next mineral discovery. 14

summer 2021

BUFFALO

MUSEUM

BE SURE TO LOOK OUT FOR THESE WHEN YOU ROAM IN HIILLS! DINO EGGS Choteau, Egg Mountain

GARNET

Tobacco Root Mountains

T.REX SAPHIRE

Hell Creek, Fort Peck

Yogo, Little Belt Mountains

BASALT COLUMNS HERKIMER QUARTZ Crystal Park, Pioneer Mountains

KYANITE

Spanish Peaks

Hyalite, Gallatin National Forest

Profile for Montana Parent

2021 Summer Family Fun in Southwest Montana and Yellowstone  

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