By Robert B. Betts

The tremendous valley of Jackson gap on the base of the hovering Teton variety has lengthy been a degree on which a extraordinary sequence of occasions has been acted out by way of an both amazing solid of characters. this is often that tale, advised with a verve and pleasure which brings the earlier alive. In those pages, the reader will witness the dramatic production of the Tetons; the coming of the 1st people, bands of fur-clad Early Hunters who ventured into the valley a few 10,000 years in the past; the arrival and going of the later Indian tribes; and the approximately awesome trip of John Colter, who again in 1807 is related to were the 1st white guy to have discovered his means during the desolate tract and into Jackson gap.

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Along the banks of streams. The landscape has become one of low hills and savannah plains, and the climate has changed from tropical to subtropical. Magnolia, breadfruit and fig trees grow along with more temperate varieties such as oak, maple and redwood. During this era, the Rocky Mountains are formed, but here in Jackson Hole the Tetons have yet to be thrust upward. To the north, in what will become Yellowstone, incredible numbers of volcanoes are created by pressures from deep within the earth and erupt for the next thirty or forty million years.

The first glaciation, called the Buffalo, is formed by ice flowing southwest from the Beartooth Mountains, ice flowing west from the Absaroka Range and ice flowing northwest from the Wind River Range. The Beartooth and Absaroka glaciers meet in the northern end of the valley and merge to flow south past the Tetons at a depth in places of two thousand feet, while on the eastern side of the valley all but the highest elevations are covered by the moving ice and scoured by the rocks it contains. The frozen river advances by inches, plowing the valley floor and overriding Signal Mountain and Blacktail Butte, shaping their forms.

As the surface cools, the vapor condenses and torrential rains pour down to create the Page 15 primordial sea. The continents are flat, plastic forms not even remotely resembling the shapes they will become, while just below the earth's thin crust all is a seething mass of molten matter. Eons pass. Under intense heat and pressure, the first metamorphic rocks are formed. Called gneisses and schists, they will become the core rocks of the Tetons, among the oldest rocks in North America. More eons pass.

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