Gary Braasch The broad high prairie of eastern Wyoming and southern Montana was once the bottom of a shallow sea, a rich subtropical swampland for millions of years. Layers of plants began forming peat beds 60 million years ago, later to be buried and compressed into bituminous coal strata. The Missouri River became the dominant stream as the Northern Rockies formed, with tributaries like the Yellowstone, Powder, and Cheyenne rivers running north and east to meet it. Their erosion eventually left coal seams only a few feet beneath the land surface of what today is called the Powder River Basin. …
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Gary Braasch is consistently listed among the world's most active and concerned environmental photojournalists. He is a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. He has photographed assignments for National Geographic, LIFE, Time, Scientific American, Smithsonian, and many other magazines.