Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
The Southwest CSC was recently featured in a story by Cronkite News of Arizona. The story addresses the Center's climate initiatives and overall goals:
"Scientists in Alaska are forecasting the long-term effects on wildlife as permafrost thaws. In Hawaii there's a study of coral reef health and coastal erosion as sea levels rise. Arizona researchers are studying how much water the Colorado River can supply in prolonged drought.
There's lots of research being done into the effects and causes of climate change, but to Stephen Jackson, scientists may not know what others are working on and the results may not be communicated in a way that's useful to decision makers."
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