Rose Houk

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Kathy Pendley Shaw

Most people know Slide Rock in Oak Creek Canyon as a popular swimming hole. But for Kathy Pendley Shaw, Arizona’s water-blessed oasis is steeped in her family’s history.  

Emery Kolb, USGS Photographic Library

In 1923, the U.S. Geological Survey sponsored its first expedition on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. The crew of 12 men was led by topographic engineer Claude Birdseye. Eugene LaRue was hydraulic engineer and chief photographer, and Emery Kolb was head boatman. 

National Park Service/George Grant

The Grand Canyon, Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater Volcano are some of the geologic and cultural gems of the National Park Service. This summer, KNAU's Earth Notes series will highlight these, and other special places across the Southwest in honor of the Park Service's 100th anniversary. In the sixth and final installment of the series, we profile photographer George Grant, the first chief NPS photographer. For 25 years, he took iconic shots of the Grand Canyon and other parks of the Southwest. 

The West’s pioneer spirit characterizes not only many of the region’s people, but also some of its plants. And a trio of pioneer species collectively called fire mosses, known on every continent, may prove an excellent tool for repairing burned-over lands on the Colorado Plateau.

The “yuk factor” is definitely there: owls regurgitate little packets of undigested bones, fur, and feathers left over from animals they ate a few hours earlier.