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Round Trip

The rubber doesn’t meet the road at Yellowstone National Park. It is the road.

In the video above, we see what Yellowstone National Park and Michelin USA have been doing to preserve the aquifer that powers the park’s famous geothermal features.

With the park’s assortment of geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles (steam vents), a lot of moisture is projected into the air. When it falls back down onto the park’s many roadways— the park’s Grand Loop alone is 142 miles of pavement—it runs off into rivers and streams instead of replenishing the all-important aquifer.

Roads made of recycled tires provide a porous surface through which falling moisture can pass instead—thus going right back into the aquifer. It’s a great double solution: It gets rid of unwanted used tires and also helps the park’s water return to its source, helping ensure the future for Yellowstone’s often-spectacular geothermal attractions.