Tag Archives: National Parks

Afternoon at Zion

November 28th, 2020 Just around the corner from yesterday’s plain view, the road to Zion National Park descends into a canyon while the surrounding landscape protrudes suddenly in sedimentary peaks. The geology of Zion spans up to 270 million years, connecting with Bryce Canyon to the north and the Grand Canyon to the south. While researching this, I finally came

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Yellowstone’s Old Faithful

November 13th, 2020 Old Faithful has captivated audiences for decades. When we arrived to view it last month, several hundred people were sitting in its half-circle amphitheater (socially distanced, for the most part) awaiting its eruption, which happens reliably about 20 times per day — hence the name Old Faithful. Lucky for us, our timing was fortuitous — we only

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Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring

November 12th, 2020 Picking up from yesterday’s daily post, today we’re taking a walk around Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring. To understand what an anomaly the spring is in the context of the surrounding landscape, it’s helpful to look at the aerial map view: The spectrum of colors catches the eye, and the white deposits of the silica-rich water extend all

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