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Melting Road Closed At Yellowstone National Park

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One of the main roads through Yellowstone National Park has been closed temporarily because the ground under it got too hot, and melted the asphalt.

Yellowstone National Park has an extremely dynamic ecosystem.

In case you needed proof, one of the main roads through the park has been closed temporarily because the ground under it got too hot, and melted the asphalt.

The park is famous for their thermal activity including geysers like Old Faithful, but now the supervolcano under the park has caused some set backs for visitors hoping to see the natural attractions.

Oil has reportedly bubbled to the surface, softening the pavement and making dangerous driving conditions on the park road.

The three point three mile loop, known as Firehole Lake Drive that usually takes visitors to the Great Fountain Geyser, White Dome Geyser and Firehole Lake has been closed for repairs.

Park spokesperson Dan Hottle is quoted as saying: "It basically turned the asphalt into soup. It turned the gravel road into oatmeal. We see this kind of thing quite a bit."

No date has been announced yet for when the road is expected to reopen. The work crews are currently evaluating the damage, and what it will take to make the road accessible to the more than 3 million people that visit Yellowstone National Park annually.

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