Earth Notes

Earth Notes
9:03 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Earth Notes: Chaco Canyon's New Residents

Chaco Canyon elk
Credit Lauren Kiser

A trip to Chaco Canyon in northwest New Mexico is a pilgrimage to see one of the greatest archaeological areas in the Southwest. While most visitors explore famed sites like Pueblo Bonito, lately they've been treated to an exciting - and unexpected - wildlife sighting.

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Earth Notes
7:35 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Earth Notes: Grand Canyon's Tiny Snail

The tiny Kanab Ambersnail
Credit Arizona Game and Fish Department

Biologists have been putting in a big effort to protect a rare, tiny snail that lives beside the Colorado River in Grand Canyon.

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Earth Notes
8:45 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Earth Notes: Potash and the Petrified Forest

Potash map of Arizona
Credit Arizona Geological Survey

The Colorado Plateau is endowed with a world-class collection of geological eye candy, like the Technicolor badlands of Arizona's Petrified Forest. But conflicts arise when some of that geology is useful for more than a grand view.

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Earth Notes
9:20 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Earth Notes: The Accidental Anthropologist

Gladys Reichard
Credit Museum of Northern Arizona

She said she started her study of Navajo society "by accident." But, that "accident" turned into a lifetime career for anthropologist Gladys Reichard.

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Earth Notes
4:17 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Earth Notes: A High-Elevation Farming Tradition

Flagstaff farming
Credit NAU Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives

There's not a lot left of Flagstaff's old farming tradition. It's a surprise to many living here today. But, this community - at an elevation of 7,000 feet - with it's short growing season, unpredictable moisture and harsh winds, was a farming hub for some 80 years.

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Earth Notes
8:51 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Earth Notes: Durango's Family Farm

James Ranch
Credit Earth Notes

In a fertile Colorado valley 10 miles north of Durango lies the epitome of a family farm. 

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Earth Notes
9:02 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Earth Notes: Living Fossils On The Colorado Plateau

Scorpion under black light
Credit National Park Service

The southwestern United States are ground zero for scorpions. Of the 90 species that are native to the United states, most inhabit the desert southwest. At least 16 live on the Colorado Plateau Alone.

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Earth Notes
10:19 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Earth Notes: The Ponderosa Crop

Ponderosa Crop
Credit Oregon State University Extension

The life of  ponderosa pine seed is a high-stakes lottery. Only a few get to spread their branches in the sun.

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Earth Notes
1:47 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Earth Notes: Bee Houses

Bee House
Credit North Carolina State University

When you hear the word "bee", you're likely to think of the hard-working insects that produce the honey we use. But in North American, a wild diversity of native bees - more than 4,000 kinds - swamps that of honeybees, which were imported from the Old World.

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Earth Notes
7:14 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Earth Notes: Schultz Fire Habitat Islands

Fresh vegetation grows in the Schultz Fire burn area
Credit Kris Haskins

It's been 3 years since the Schultz Fire seared more than 15,000 acres on the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff. About 2/3 of that area, mostly ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest, was moderately to severely burned. But native plant species have been helping to restore the area.

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