Boat Ride on Boiling Waters in Yellowstone

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Ranger Rick Hutchinson takes this specially built boat out onto boiling  water  in Grand Prismatic Geyser.  The geyser is 71 degrees centigrade. "It'll take the skin off a chicken", says Hutchinson.  Rick is in charge of  monitoring all geothermal activity in the park.  He uses this boat to clean trash out of the geothermal features and to do scientific work.  Unfortunately Rick was killed in the back country  while  working.  He was memorialized in a brief story in National Geographic about how many writers and photographers he had helped over the decades..Yellowstone is the nations first National Park, it spans three states and holds 70% of the world's geothermal activity.
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