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Sangre de Cristo Range Cutting Diagonally Across Colorado, USA – December 12th, 2011

37.5N 105.4W

December 12th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Mountains

USA- December 11th, 2011

Cutting diagonally across this orthorectified image of Colorado, USA, is the Sangre de Cristo (Christ’s Blood) Range. It is a narrow mountain range of the Rocky Mountains running north and south along the east side of the Rio Grande Rift.

The mountains extend southeast from Poncha Pass for about 75 miles (120 km) through south-central Colorado to La Veta Pass, approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of Walsenburg, and form a high ridge separating the San Luis Valley on the west, in which many circular fields are visible, from the watershed of the Arkansas River on the east.

Upon opening the full image, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve can be seen at the western base of the mountains (lower right). The park stretches across about 85,000 acres (340 km², 130 mi²). It contains the tallest sand dunes in North America, rising about 750 feet (230 m) from the floor of the San Luis Valley. Many individual rows of dunes can be observed in the full image.

San Luis Valley and Sangre de Cristo Range, Colorado

37.7N 105.8W

July 30th, 2010 Category: Mountains

USA - June 20th, 2010

USA - June 20th, 2010

In this image of the state of Colorado, USA, an area of irrigated agriculture can be observed in the San Luis Valley, the green-dotted area surrounded by light tan terrain near the bottom center. Upon opening the full image, many individual fields are visible, a number of which are circular in shape.

The mountain range just northeast of these fields, running diagonally northwest to southeast, is the Sangre de Cristo  (Blood of Christ) Range. It is a narrow range of the Rocky Mountains running along the east side of the Rio Grande Rift in southern Colorado.

At the foot of the range, between it and the San Luis Valley, is the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. The 85,000 acre (340 km², 130 mi²) park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America.

Sangre de Cristo Range and Sand Dunes, Colorado USA – January 3rd, 2010

37.7N 105.6W

January 3rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day

USA - December 14th, 2009

USA - December 14th, 2009

The Sangre de Cristo Range cuts diagonally across the upper part of this orthorectified image. It is a narrow mountain range of the Rocky Mountains running north and south along the east side of the Rio Grande Rift in southern Colorado in the United States.

The mountains extend southeast from Poncha Pass for about 75 miles (120 km) through south-central Colorado to La Veta Pass, approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of Walsenburg, and form a high ridge separating the San Luis Valley on the west, in which many circular fields are visible, from the watershed of the Arkansas River on the east.

At the foot of the range in the lower right quadrant is the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, located in the easternmost parts of Alamosa County and Saguache County, Colorado. The park has approximately 85,000 acres (340 km², 130 mi²) and contains the tallest sand dunes in North America, rising about 750 feet (230 m) from the floor of the San Luis Valley on the western base of the Sangre de Cristo Range, covering about 19,000 acres (77 km²).

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.

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