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Thunderstorm and Service Station, Two Guns, AZ by 4 Corners Photo
Via Flickr:
A thunderstorm forms above an abandoned service station on Route 66 in Two Guns, Arizona.

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Quick swing across Arizona’s Meteor Crater. Look at the sedimentary layers in the far wall and how disturbed they have become due to the explosion.

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Dr. Clair Patterson isn’t necessarily one of the best known scientific names of the 20th century, but he’s a name you ought to know. His work not only changed our understanding of the Earth, but also has had a profound impact on the life of everyone reading this post.

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#mypubliclandsroadtrip ends the day at Diablo Canyon Recreation Area - a popular film site in BLM New Mexico. Its film credits include: Cowboys and Aliens (2011), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), The Missing (2003), and City Slickers (1991).  These and many other public land locations in New Mexico are transformed into film sets through BLM film permits

More than a movie set, the cracked basalt of Diablo Canyon makes for some of the best multi-pitch tradition and sport rock climbing in New Mexico. In this area alone, there are over one hundred routes ranging from 5.8 to 5.13 in difficulty - all just 16.4 miles northwest of Santa Fe.  Check out the climbing on BLM New Mexico YouTube.

BLM photos courtesy of Steven W. Martin Photography