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Mountains, Circular Crops and Sand Dunes in Colorado, USA – August 28th, 2009

37.7N 105.5W

August 28th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

USA - July 27th, 2009

USA - July 27th, 2009

The terrain of this orthorectified image of southern Colorado, USA, contains an interesting ensemble of features, including areas of mountains, sand dunes and agriculture.

Reaching across the upper part of the image is the Sangre de Cristo Range, a narrow mountain range of the Rocky Mountains that runs north and south along the east side of the Rio Grande Rift in southern Colorado in the United States.

The mountains form a high ridge separating the San Luis Valley on the west from the watershed of the Arkansas River to the east.

Upon following the range to the right edge, the dunes of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve can be seen at its western base.  The park has an area of 340 km² (130 mi²) and contains sand dunes that rise about 230 m (750 feet) from the floor of the San Luis Valley.

Moving westward through the valley, a large number of circular fields dot the landscape. This irrigated farming is not as common in other parts of the state, as much of the land is used for dryland farming or ranching.

The Wasatch Mountains, USA

41.1N 112.6W

July 19th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Snapshots

USA - June 24th, 2009

USA - June 24th, 2009

Areas of four states in the USA are visible in this image, which focuses on the Great Salt Lake and Desert, near the center.

The mountains and golden brown land in the upper right quadrant are part of the state of Wyoming, while the greener land in the upper left quadrant belongs to Idaho.

Below, the arid area along the lower left edge is part of Nevada, while the rest of the terrain moving eastward up to the lower right edge belongs to Utah.

The image is virtually divided in two by the Wasatch Range, a mountain range that stretches about 160 miles (260 km) from the Utah- Idaho border, south through central Utah in the western United States.

It is generally considered the western edge of the greater Rocky Mountains, and the eastern edge of the Great Basin region.

Snow in Northern New Mexico

December 25th, 2008 Category: Image of the day, Snapshots

Snow in Northern New Mexico - November 30th, 2008

Snow in Northern New Mexico - November 30th, 2008

Though people often think of New Mexico, USA as a totally arid state, its landscape actually ranges from wide deserts to broken mesas to high, snow-capped peaks.

Heavily forested mountain wildernesses cover a significant portion of the state, especially towards the north.

This image allows us to see some of the variation in the landscape: dry, desertous terrain to the South, a mesa (bottom center), increased greenery towards the center, a river green with algae (top left) and snow-capped mountains to the North.

These are the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (Christ’s Blood Mountains)  the southernmost part of the Rocky Mountains. They run roughly north-south along the east side of the Rio Grande (Big River) in the rugged, pastoral north.

source Wikipedia