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.
DOINews: Southwest Climate Science Center Research Program Ramps Up
The Southwest Climate Science Center is initiating both long- and short-term planning for its climate and climate-effects research program. The SWCSC Stakeholders Advisory Committee is developing advice on the highest priority information needs for a broad range of interests from throughout the Southwest. A January 26 letter to SAC representatives outlines the process being used to help develop themes for potential lines of research. SAC representatives' input will help feed the SWCSC Science Plan, which is intended to have a five-year time horizon. SAC input is also helping to inform Fiscal Year 2012 research planning. Information about SAC advice on climate-related information needs can be found here. The SWCSC has also kicked off projects that are envisioned as contributions to more-extensive ongoing regional efforts. Additional information about SWCSC contributions to the Southwest Climate Assessment, and to an evaluation of next generation climate models for projecting climate effects in the Southwest, can be found here.