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Image Description: A beautiful view in a non-desert part of Arizona.

Image Description: Bobby inspecting a rock in the Painted Desert.

Image Description: A close up of the Pueblo cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle.

Image Description: The group taking a break from the heat. Some words of wisdom from those who hiked it... wear a hat.

Image Description: Abel looking down into the canyon.

Image Description: View of another canyon, smaller than the Grand Canyon, yet still just as impressive.

Image Description: Dan running down the slopes of SP Mountain. It took about an hour and a half to get up, and 15 minutes to get back down.

Image Description: Looking at some of the alluvial deposits in Petrified Forest National Park.

Image Description: Looking into Meteor Crater. This giant hole in the ground was created by a meteorite about 50 meters wide moving at 28,000 mph! Almost none of the meteorite remained after the collision.

Image Description: If you don’t fancy hiking, you can always take a mule down the canyon, though supposedly it isn’t any easier going down by one of these than walking down...

Image Description: Dan looking into the canyon.

Image Description: View of the canyon in the morning.

Image Description: Another view of the trail in the Grand Canyon.

Image Description: Looking into the crater at SP Mountain.

Image Description: Brit in front of some Pueblo cliff dwellings at Montezuma’s Castle.

Image Description: Yet another breathtaking view of the Grand Canyon.

Image Description: Bobby, Austin, and Dan at Meteor Crater.

Image Description: View of the canyon at sunset. It’s a whole different world out there in the Southwest.

Image Description: Our tour guide, Eduardo for Meteor Crater. We were lucky enough to get a special tour all the way around the rim of the crater.

Image Description: Looking down at the windy trail to the bottom.

Image Description: View of the canyon in the morning. A perfect day to be hiking in the canyon.

Image Description: Continuing down the canyon.

Image Description: Dan and Austin at a lava flow outcrop.

Image Description: Our modes of transportation for the trip: a full sized van and an explorer.

Image Description: Looking at the crossbedding at one of the road cuts.

Image Description: Petroglyphs seen in the Grand Canyon.

Image Description: Lots of crossbedding at a road cut we stopped to look at.

Image Description: Taking a lunch break at the bottom of the canyon.

Image Description: Bobby in the Petrified Forest National Park.

Image Description: The three professors discussing the geology of the area.

Image Description: Taking a break towards the bottom of the canyon. People were really feeling that mid-day heat. It was over 100 degrees at the bottom.

Image Description: The hiking group after a long 14 hour day in the canyon, from rim to bottom to back up again. I think we all had enough of the canyon for one day!

Image Description: The Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon.

Image Description: View of some of the layers in the canyon. The Colorado River cut all of this in the past 5 million years.

Image Description: Bobby looking acting explorer in the canyon.

Image Description: Looking out into the canyon during the Grand Canyon hike.

Image Description: The group at the start of the Grand Canyon hike at 6 in the morning.

Image Description: View of the Grand Canyon in the sunset

Image Description: Kaleb standing on SP Mountain. The black rocks in the background are an ancient 5 million year old lava flow.

Image Description: Kaleb looking out into the distance from SP Mountain

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School of Earth and Climate Sciences
5790 Bryand Global Sciences Center
Orono, ME 04469-5790
Phone: (207) 581-2152 | Fax: (207) 581-2202E-mail: dianne.perro@umit.maine.edu
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Orono, Maine 04469
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