Sunday, December 9, 2012

50th Anniversary of the Petrified Forest National Park

Balancing Rock Petrified National Forest NPS
Balancing Rock, Petrified National Forest (NPS)
While the Petrified Forest was designated a National Monument in 1906, its status changed to National Park on Dec. 9, 1962. This bit of news recalls a trip my family made years ago when we took an extensive vacation to Arizona and toured not only the Petrified Forest, but also the Grand Canyon and the Meteor Crater. It left an indelible mark in my memory because of the remarkable geology of that whole region. The entire trip was characterized by rocks, desert, and endless skies, not to mention the extreme, dry heat - almost like traveling to another planet! It has always amazed me that America has such a wide range of geological features, as if comprised of different countries and planets, especially considering that a lot of sci-fi movies are filmed in the desert southwest.
Petrified Logs Crystal Forest Petrified Forest NPS
Petrified Logs, Crystal Forest,
Petrified Forest (NPS)
Chinle Formation Tepees Petrified Forest NPS
Chinle Formation, Tepees, Petrified Forest (NPS)

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