Roadside Geology of New Mexico

Roadside Geology of New Mexico

by Halka Chronic, Chronic
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Roadside Geology of New Mexico by Halka Chronic, Chronic

The "Land of Enchantment," New Mexico is as varied in its scenery as its nickname suggests. With desert lowlands in the south and high, hoary peaks in the north, with rugged volcanic uplands and colorful plateaus, with high plains along its eastern border, and with a great rift valley that quite literally slashes the state in two, New Mexico presents many faces to its residents and visitors. Faces that in large part can be laid at the doorstep of the state's varied geology.

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ISBN-13: 9780878422098
Publisher: Mountain Press
Publication date: 06/15/1987
Series: Roadside Geology Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Halka Chronic earned degrees from the University of Arizona and Stanford and a PhD in geology from Columbia University. Among the ten geology guidebooks she wrote were Roadside Geology guides for Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. Halka passed away in Grand Junction, Colorado, in April 2013.

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New Mexico is a land of endless beauty of all forms. From the stark desolation of the three Mesas to the majestic heights of the Sangre de Christo mountains, to the white water rafting that you can do south of Taos. New Mexico is truly one of our most beautiful states, and there are so many to choose from. Traveling through New Mexico with the 'Roadside Guide¿' makes any trip into New Mexico an even more delightful and deep experience. Make sure that you read the first chapters on the Geologic history before you start down the road though. There will be many references, and if you don¿t have the time to stop and read the relevant section, you can miss out on some of the more subtle and exciting aspects of this varied landscape. However to the traveler to New Mexico, be forewarned by my little tale¿ Tucumcari is where I 40 and I 54 meet in New Mexico. This is where you either turn north east to go toward Wichita or, if you are coming from the heart of the Mid-West, you intersect US 40. Either way it is a place that you do not want to stop in. I was there mid May. After watching the their advertisements for tourism blight the landscape with `truckers welcome¿ I arrived. I stopped into a shop on the main street. When I came out my car was being towed, and there was this little ex-marine punk of a cop asking me what I was doing. He must have asked `why I had parked on main street¿ at least 5 times despite the fact that there wasn¿t a single `no parking¿ sign to be seen on the main street. In every other town I have ever been in, the town encourages people to park on `main street¿ to shop and add wealth to the town. He was either trying to harass me, of just did not understand English. In reality I think that he was just plain stupid. He was white as any good KKK member so he when I tried Spanish he didn¿t understand that language either. The tow truck driver looked like a wino with dirty oil all over his beard and cloths. He had the attitude of a junk yard dog and extorted $55- out of me with the back up of officer Moron¿s gun. Moron 'You just give the tow truck driver what ever he asks for if you want your car back' (We will split the money later.) I will avoid Tucumcari in the future, and I advise that you all do the same. Unless you believe that truckers really are welcome. By the way, every motel was empty, and I mean empty. I wonder why?