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Arizona man put injustices to Native Americans in focus

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man celebrated for the humanity that was showcased in his photographs of people across the Colorado Plateau and the world has died. John Running died Sunday of complications from a brain tumor at his Flagstaff home, said his daughter, Raechel Running. Show More Summary

A Look Back at Ten Years of Geotripping: Popeye, the Ichnology Man...Dinosaur tracks on the Colorado Plateau

And then sometimes there's just the off-the-cuff stuff, the momentary inspirations that either work or they don't. This post from 2012 is what happened when I ruined my photograph by having my shadow in the way, and then saw a recognizable shape in the shot later. Show More Summary

But Wait! THIS Summer isn't even over yet! Explore the Colorado Plateau, June 2-17, 2018 (Put it on your calendar now!)

6 months agoAcademics / Geology : Geotripper

North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park (yes, Gaelyn, we'll be on the North Rim, hope to see you there!) "Wait!", you are saying, "it's still the summer of 2017! Why are you talking about the summer of 2018?" It's a fair question, and the answer is predicated on an unfortunate truth: our parks are too small and too crowded. Show More Summary

Mantle melt production during the 1.4 Ga Laurentian magmatic event: Isotopic constraints from Colorado Plateau mantle xenoliths

Plutons associated with a 1.4 Ga magmatic event intrude across southwestern Laurentia. The tectonic setting of this major magmatic province is poorly understood. Proposed melting models include anorogenic heating from the mantle, continental arc or transpressive orogeny, and anatexis from radiogenic heat buildup in thickened crust. Show More Summary

Utah: A Geologist’s Wonderland

Often referred to as the Red Rock Country, the state of Utah boasts some of the most breathtaking landscapes formed from years of erosional artistry. Dominating this impressive landscape is the Colorado Plateau that spans […]...

More From the Road: Tilted Every Which Way?

I stopped while driving through the Virgin River Gorge in northwest Arizona to take this picture of some of the dipping sed rocks that are common through the greater Colorado Plateau area. (This area, lying barely within the Basin-and-Range...Show More Summary

Hike Butler Wash Ruins

If you’re doing any amount of traveling in the Colorado Plateau, you’re going to be near some Native American ruins and rock art. The area was home to the Ancestral Puebloans – sometimes still referred to as the Anasazi even though that’s a Navajo word for “ancestors of our enemies” and has fallen out of…

Dreams of Summer: If there's a Little Colorado River, is there a Little Grand Canyon?

In the last post, I noted that there is a lot more to the Colorado Plateau than the Grand Canyon. The Canyon (it just has to be capitalized) is more than 200 miles long, but it cuts through just a part of the Colorado Plateau Province, a vast region encompassing 130,000 square miles (337,000 sq km), and containing 27 national parks and monuments. Show More Summary

Bring Blue Skies Back to Red Rock Country

The red rock country of the Colorado Plateau, which includes parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah, boasts some of the most remarkable scenery in the U.S. -- if not the world. That is, when you can actually see it. That's because...Show More Summary

Wayne Ranney speaking at Four Corners Geological Society

Wayne Ranney, co-author of Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau and blogger at Earthly Musings, will be speaking at the Four Corners Geological Society meeting in Durango on Friday.Place: Fort Lewis College College Union Building,...Show More Summary

New report indicates massive increase in uranium potential in northwest Arizona

We released our new report yesterday “ Partial database for breccia pipes and collapse features on the Colorado Plateau, northwestern Arizona ” ( ) that found concentrations of breccia pipes 10 to 100 times higher than previously known, in two test study areas. Show More Summary

Hike the Grand Canyon: Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim

3 years agoFitness / Hiking : Modern Hiker

The Grand Canyon is a massive gorge carved by the Colorado River into a high plateau in Northern Arizona. This iconic landmark is perhaps the most famous natural feature in the United States, and for many hikers, a trip into the canyon is a memorable, possibly even essential experience. While there is a fine network of…

It's One of the Most Spectacular Landscapes on Planet Earth: Come and see the Colorado Plateau in Person! June 11-26, 2015

For once I am not discussing a trip I have taken...I am talking about a trip that you can take. Grand Canyon from Powell Point on the South Rim I spend a lot of time on my blog trying to convey the sense of wonder that comes from exploring the wild places of the Earth. Show More Summary

Hike Natural Bridges National Monument

3 years agoFitness / Hiking : Modern Hiker

Well off the beaten-path, Natural Bridges National Monument may not be on your must-visit list of Colorado Plateau destinations, but it is definitely worth a visit. Declared in 1908, this small park system unit was the first National Monument in Utah – but was reachable only by three day horseback ride from Blanding, Utah until…

Explore the Wonders of the Colorado Plateau: Join Geotripper and the AAPG on May 23-29, 2015!

Antelope Canyon, on the Navajo Reservation near Page, Arizona The Colorado Plateau, the region encompassing large parts of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, is one of the great geologic showplaces on planet Earth. Within the region,...Show More Summary

A California Geologist Observes a Flood in Oregon: Hilarity Ensues?

OMG, a gigantic river! The Umpqua River below Roseburg, Oregon I'm really more of a desert rat. I hail from a dry valley in California, I take my students on extended field trips to places like Death Valley and the Colorado Plateau. The rivers that I know would be considered something like large creeks in a place like Oregon or Washington. Show More Summary

Bridging the Energy vs. Environment Divide: Colorado's Roan Plateau Case Study

Can we work together to preserve our nation's bio diverse and increasingly threatened wilderness, and still extract the energy we need to power our economy? If we cling to today's prevailing notions that if you're on the left, you're an environmentalist, and if I'm on the right, I'm a gas driller. Show More Summary

Dating the Rock Art of the Colorado Plateau

Age of Barrier Canyon-style rock art constrained by cross-cutting relations and luminescence dating techniquesAuthors:Pederson et alAbstract:Rock art compels interest from both researchers and a broader public, inspiring many hypotheses about its cultural origin and meaning, but it is notoriously difficult to date numerically. Show More Summary

A Land of Strange Standing Stones, and an Odd Connection to the Grand Canyon

There are a lot of strange landscapes on the Colorado Plateau and otherworldly scenes. Some are famous enough as to not surprise first time visitors, such as the spires and hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park. But others are hidden, strung along gravel roads far off the beaten track. Show More Summary

Stunning Photos of Rare Wildflower Blooms in the Deserts of the American West

4 years agoHumor : Laughing Squid

The arid deserts of the Colorado Plateau in the American West are usually barren, but on rare occasions of rainfall, the landscape can bloom with wildflowers. Photographer Guy Tal, who specializes in the landscapes of the Colorado Plateau, documents the rare desert blooms in stunning photographs. According to Tal, the scorpionweed and beeplant flowers shown [...]

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