This is Yellowstone, the chemical reaction and heat going on below the earth has caused plant life above the earth to die. The area looks like a foreign planet. There are many areas around Yellowstone that look like this. People are not allowed to venture out into these area for fear they will break through the crust.
Shot as a single Jpeg
Opened as Camera Raw in Adobe Bridge CS 4
Adjusted Hue, Sat and Clarity in Adobe Bridge
Adjusted Exposure -2/0/+2. Saved each exposure.
Merged 3 exposures using Photomatix
Saved as Tiff