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Gray
But—

Maya
Quit trying to convince her and let’s get organized! Before we go, we’ll need to decide where to collect our samples.

Gray
I guess you’re right.

Maya
Then take a look at this map. I suggest we begin at Kepler Cascades.

Gray
If the river really is showing signs of pollution, the problem may be much further upstream. The Firehole begins in a marshy subalpine basin at Madison Lake and runs down the north-facing slopes of the continental divide. It flows about 7 miles or 12 km before reaching Lone Star Geyser—and from Lone Star, it’s still another 2.5 miles to Kepler Cascades.


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Cast of characters - Maya Crowbes, Dr. A Beadle, Gray Fischer, Viola DeRama
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Q: Where does the Firehole River begin?

GLOSSARY: subalpine—the mountainous regions higher than foothills, but lower than tree lines

continental divide—a divide separating river systems that flow to opposite sides of a continent