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Apr 29, 2015 - Walnut Canyon

Today we visited Walnut Canyon National Monument, which is just outside of Flagstaff. What a beautiful and interesting place, with tons of history. It's a deep canyon studded with Ponderosa Pine trees and gray limestone walls. About 800 years ago, it was inhabited by the Sinagua people who lived in caves along the canyon walls. In Spanish, Sinagua means "without water", which is an apt designation given the arid condition of the plateau above. Nevertheless, the Sinagua lived in the canyon for about 100 years, before moving on and...

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Apr 28, 2015 - Meteor Crater

Talk about a big hole! Today we spent the morning at Meteor Crater, which is about 30 miles east of Flagstaff. 50,000 years ago, part of an asteroid (estimated to be a half-billion years old) entered the earth's atmosphere at a speed of 26,000 miles per hour. It lost little velocity as it hurled towards earth, crashing into Arizona's high desert with an explosive force of 20 million tons of TNT. It created a giant bowl-shaped cavity that is 700 feet deep and 4000 feet across. Tons of limestone and sandstone were thrown up to form a one+...

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