Diane Hope

Google Images

Imagine the thrill of being the first geologist to explore the Grand Canyon. That lucky individual—John Strong Newberry—wasn’t originally a rockhound but instead was a doctor from Ohio. 


New Mexico History Museum

In 1846, U.S. soldiers swept down the Santa Fe trail to seize the province of New Mexico for the United States. Santa Fe was then part of Mexico, and for a time during this war soldiers camped in the roomy courtyard at the city’s Palace of the Governors. One soldier wrote an evocative description that includes mention of baking ovens there.


Earth Notes: Tough Dirt

Feb 7, 2018
Jim Harrigan, NRCS

The Colorado Plateau is a land of constant discovery—both above and beneath our feet. Recently a surprising soil was unearthed that fit a previously empty slot in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s established soil classification system. 

Michael Collier

Waking on winter solstice to a hushed world of bright light, we look outside and see fresh-fallen snow. 


J.N. Stuart

After sunset, the eerie choruses of coyotes are among the most iconic sounds of the American West.


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