Colorado Plateau

NPS Photo by Scott Hansen

KNAU commentator Scott Thybony has – for decades – pursued an interest in sacred places of the wider Four Corners region. And it was on a trek to a Buddhist meditation center in Colorado that he realized just how well Zen and mountains go together. In his latest Canyon Commentary, Thybony delves into the mystic with the story of Stone Woman … and the reason for snow. 


Michael Collier

Climate experts tell us our planet will get warmer and sea levels will rise, and extreme weather will occur more often and with greater intensity. They predict that some places will get wetter and others more arid, that ice will melt and currents shift.


Earth Notes: Angel Lichen Moths

Jan 11, 2017
Freshwaters Illustrated

Angel lichen moths take their beautiful name from Bright Angel Creek in Grand Canyon where early specimens were found, and from lichens that the larvae eat. 


Earth Notes: Drones in the Woods

Dec 28, 2016
Michele James

An exciting tool is providing a new way to better determine the effectiveness of restoration projects in northern Arizona forests. 


Lowell Observatory

If you look toward the eastern horizon just before dawn on a clear moonless night, you should see a ghostly white glow shining up through the dark sky.  This is zodiacal light, caused when passing comets and colliding asteroids shed space dust. That dust scatters sunlight upwards well before sunrise.


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