Earth Notes en Earth Notes: Wilderness Inholdings <p>Wilderness areas represent the highest degree of protection the federal government grants to public lands. They’re managed for values of solitude, scenery, and natural habitat. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Richard Mahler 20470 at Earth Notes: Wilderness Inholdings Land Lines: Montezuma Well <p>Montezuma Well is easy to find down in the Verde Valley&ndash;it&rsquo;s located right at the intersection of geology and biology.&nbsp; The blue-green pool&ndash;120 yards wide, cupped in a perfectly round sinkhole&ndash;is startling in the middle of a mesquite desert.</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Rose Houk & Michael Collier 10732 at Land Lines: Montezuma Well Smoky Mountain--The Kaiparowits Plateau <p>Don&#39;t try the Kelly Grade in a rainstorm. When this steep stretch of the Smoky Mountain Road is wet, its mud surface is impossibly slick. Stay in granny gear, keep a tight grip on the wheel, and hope that nobody else is coming the other way. There&#39;s no guardrail and that cliff next to your tires drops hundreds of feet straight down.&nbsp; The shale gives way to sandstone when the road straightens out on top of the Kaiparowits Plateau.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 07:40:59 +0000 Michael Collier & Rose Houk 7464 at Smoky Mountain--The Kaiparowits Plateau