No one expects to see trees that look like jewels in the high desert of Arizona. But that’s exactly what visitors find in the Petrified Forest National Park – ancient logs preserved for millennia by a process that transfigured them into rare and beautiful stones.
Bread baking is on the rise in the time of COVID-19 as thousands of people stay home and cut down on trips to the grocery store. Some bakers are using an heirloom type of wheat flour that’s come back in fashion recently; White Sonora Wheat.
Biocrust is a vital, but fragile material that covers a good portion of the soil surface on the Colorado Plateau. This “living skin” is a complex concoction of cyanobacteria, algae, fungi, moss and lichen.