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I guess the take-home message from our meeting today is very different from what we expected, Dr. Farnheid. The Firehole River isn’t a damaged ecosystem—its natural alterations provide unique and critical habitats! The river may even serve as a living laboratory in which to predict the long-range effects of human-caused thermal pollution! Thank you for taking the time to talk with us about our concerns.

It was my pleasure. I’d like to express my gratitude to all of you for your attention and interest. An observant questioning public is very healthy for a national park, so please continue to visit Yellowstone, learn about its resources, remain curious, and keep your eyes open!

My door is always open if you have questions, Ms. DeRama. I want to encourage your interest, so please ask me about my work instead of borrowing it without my knowledge. In return, I promise I’ll do my very best to level with you.

Well, I, uh... (her cell phone rings)

Saved by the bell!

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Cast of characters - Maya Crowbes, Dr. A Beadle, Gray Fischer, Viola DeRama
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Q: Is the Firehole River a damaged ecosystem?