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The Painted Desert : land of wind and stone

Author: Scott Thybony
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©2006.
Series: Desert places.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Most people who are familiar with the Painted Desert of northeastern Arizona know it only from having pulled off at the Petrified Forest exit on Interstate 40. If they happen to come by at midday, as most do, they find a landscape drained of color and flattened under the direct sunlight."
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Named Person: Scott Thybony; Scott Thybony
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Thybony
ISBN: 0816524807 9780816524808
OCLC Number: 64486449
Description: x, 76 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: A lost landscape --
On location --
The dinosaur dancehall --
Goldtooth camp --
The blue wind --
Painted cliffs --
River road --
Travel in the Painted Desert.
Series Title: Desert places.
Responsibility: text by Scott Thybony ; photographs by David Edwards.
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"Most people who are familiar with the Painted Desert of northeastern Arizona know it only from having pulled off at the Petrified Forest exit on Interstate 40. If they happen to come by at midday, as most do, they find a landscape drained of color and flattened under the direct sunlight."

"But this remote pocket of the Arizona desert, sandwiched between the Little Colorado River on one side and bold escarpments in the other, is much more than most tourists ever experience. An ethereal landscape of sculpted rock, wind-fluted cliffs, and elegantly drifting sand, the Painted Desert is a rich storehouse of natural beauty, colorful history, and scientific wonders. Here the strongest winds in Arizona blow across extensive dunefields, where less than ten inches of rain falls each year and only a few desert-savvy Navajo are able to live."

"Now, for the first time writer Scott Thybony and freelance photographer David Edwards offer an intimate look at a place that remains inhospitable and inaccessible to so many. They share insights about the geology, paleontology, anthropology, and human history of the region as well as personal stories that dispel the misconceptions and mysteries that surround this delicate and difficult landscape." "With fourteen photographs gracing the text, this book offers a portrait of one of the Southwest's most barren, and most dramatic landscapes."--Jacket.

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A terrific read for the armchair traveler. <i>Arizona Republic</i> A worthy addition to the Desert Places series. <i>The Times-Independent</i>"

 
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