Today’s blog is all about Arizona. I am not so sure you want to go this time of year, as it is the hottest time. Temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but for those who appreciate what this State has to offer, you might find it not so busy. So, let’s see why Arizona is “The Land of Wonders”.
Arizona is one of the four corner states. Other three being New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. It means that you can be in all four states at the same time when you are at the four corners (where the boundaries of four states meet, the point is marked by the Four Corners Monument).
The Horseshoe bend as suggested by the name is a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River. This meander is located near the town of Page in Arizona, United States. The bend sometimes and to some, also goes by the name; “east rim of the Grand Canyon.”This infamous bend is breathtaking as it is puzzling and curious. It creates a 90-degree turn on the general water flow of the river that has puzzled man since its discovery. The river bend on itself at the bend creating a horseshoe shape which explains the name given to it.
THE GRAND CANYON: A WONDER IN ITSELF!
The Grand Canyon is an immense canal that is dissected by the Colorado River. It stretches up to 18 miles wide, over 270 miles long, and with a maximum depth of 6,093 feet.
Once you get in to the area of the Grand Canyon you start wondering if you are still on earth. But, yes, this place is for real. Most people are in total awe of the massiveness of the Grand Canyon. Certainly worth seeing.
Meteor Crater (also known as Barringer Crater) on Earth is only 50,000 years old. Even so, it’s unusually well preserved in the arid climate of the Colorado Plateau.Meteor Crater formed from the impact of an iron-nickel asteroid about 46 meters (150 feet) across. Most of the asteroid melted or vaporized on impact. The collision initially formed a crater over 1,200 meters (4,000) feet across and 210 meters (700 feet) deep. Subsequent erosion has partially filled the crater, which is now only 150 meters (550 feet) deep. Layers of exposed limestone and sandstone are visible just beneath the crater rim, as are large stone blocks excavated by the impact.
OTHER INTERESTING AND BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS OF ARIZONA:
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Located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, is the village of Supai, the only place in the country where mail is delivered by mule. The U.S. Department of Agriculture referred it to as “the most remote community” in the contiguous U.S. As of 2010, there were 208 people living in the village.
The state is home to the two largest man-made lakes in the United States – Lake Mead (largest) and Lake Powell (second largest).
Cutting down a cactus in Arizona is a punishable offense and the maximum term in jail for the act could be 25 years. The saguaro cactus which is prevalent in Arizona takes a long time to grow. The lifespan of the plant is between 150 and 200 years and the plant can grow up to 50 feet tall. Thus, the authorities are aggressive about protecting the habitat.