Land-use adaptation

Zion National Park is one of those rare, and magical, geological spots.  When animals like the mammoth, giant sloth and camel died off because of climate change and overhunting 8,000 years ago, inhabitants were able to rely on the resources of the land and adapt their lifestyle, despite being in the desert. According to the National Park Service, crops grow best between 5,000 and 7,000 on the Colorado Plateau “making Zion’s elevations….almost ideal.” Despite overuse again pushing its people out, later inhabitants again adapted. From NPS: By hard work and faith pioneers endured in a landscape that hardly warranted such … Continue reading Land-use adaptation

Spring: A time to (cherry) blossom

Each Spring, Washington, D.C. is wrapped in the lush pink glory that comes courtesy of the cherry blossoms in the area. This weekend, April 8, is the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s worth a trip if you can make it. The trees are at their most glorious when they are in bloom. Can’t make the trek to D.C.? Check out the National Park Service’s EarthCam which shows the Yoshino Cherry Trees around the Tidal Basin in D.C. as well as other local points of interest. Continue reading Spring: A time to (cherry) blossom