Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: G.K. Gilbert, Plateau Geologist
Geologists have been drawn to the Colorado Plateau for many decades. New York-born Grove Karl Gilbert was one of the first, and arguably one of the most influential, since he named the place.
G.K. Gilbert acted as geologist for the Wheeler Expedition in 1871, and surveyed the Grand Canyon region the following year. He joined the Powell Survey of the Rocky Mountains in 1875, and stayed with the United States Geological Survey for the rest of his life.
Flagstaff, AZ – Coconino County is holding a public hearing this evening that could decide the future of Flagstaff's Second Chance Center for Animals. County officials say the animal shelter is out of compliance with its conditional use permit. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.
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In a place as overpoweringly remarkable as the Grand Canyon, it's no surprise that the canyon's features bear impressive names. Its buttes and monuments are named for everyone from Hindu and Egyptian deities to characters from King Arthur's court. Even Charles Darwin makes an appearance. Yet the renowned naturalist never actually saw the great chasm.
For decades the Grand Canyon has lured countless adventurers on foot and by water. But it's also attracted explorers in the sky, from former fighter pilots to Charles Lindbergh. Commentator Scott Thybony says to get a full sense of the Canyon, you have to see it at least once from above.