The Colorado Plateau Physiographic Province is full of contradictory features. How do we winnow the exceptions from the rules?Read more "The Swell"
Hikers who make the effort to head down to the Gila will be rewarded with an incredible array of terrains, from slot canyons to meadows to 10,000-foot peaks. This stunning variety is largely thanks to a quartet of supervolcanoes!Read more "The Gila’s Sleeping Giants"
The landscape around Grants, New Mexico is dominated by volcanic extrusions. Where did all this stuff come from? When was it ejected onto the Earth’s surface? Why here?Read more "Where Did All Of El Malpais’ Lava Come From?"
A first cave-centered pilgrimage to “The Guads” induces awe and reveals cosmic mysteries.Read more "Caving In The Guadalupes, Part 1: Wen, Christmas Tree And Lake Caves"
The Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico and West Texas are a vast playground for climbers, hikers and cavers. Crazy thing is that they’re composed almost entirely of defunct sea creatures.Read more "Piles Of Dead Bodies"
After a caving trip to one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the universe feels more infinite than ever.Read more "Exploring The Grand Canyon’s Fractal Dimensions"
The Rio Grande River basically bisects the state of New Mexico. Why is this the course it takes?Read more "Of Rifts And Rivers"
Like poems, caves take a lot of time to interpret. And even when you do arrive at a coherent interpretation, there’s no guarantee it won’t be usurped by a competing theory.Read more "On Hermeneutics In Alabaster Cave"
While a second trip to Trigo Canyon didn’t get us much farther up the trail, many new things were discovered nevertheless.Read more "Trigo Canyon, Part 2: Between Mist And Schist"
Mountain building can happen in a number of different ways. Here’s how it works in the United States’ Basin and Range Province.Read more "Stretching, Cracking, Floating, Sinking: A Basin And Range Primer"