Where on Earth? - January 2013

Clues for January 2013:
1. The native names for this remote, federally managed wilderness refer to the hilly rock formations that dominate its landscape, as well as petroglyphs found in the area. Depending on where you look, you’ll see ridges, canyons, mounds, hoodoos and all manner of other features intricately carved out of Late Cretaceous-aged shale, sandstone, mudstone, clay, silt and coal.
2. Although largely barren and devoid of life now (the occasional canine and human visitors notwithstanding), the area once hosted a diverse array of flora and fauna, including dinosaurs, reptiles, small mammals and fish, the fossils of which remain behind in the badlands. (Just don’t try to collect any without a permit.)
3. Located about 70 kilometers southeast of a well-known, nautically named rock formation, the wilderness area spreads over about 170 square kilometers. Camping, hiking and horseback riding are permitted, but motorized vehicles, bicycles and fires of any kind are not.
Name the wilderness area and its location.
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Answer: About 70 kilometers southeast of famed Shiprock, the remote Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness stretches over roughly 170 square kilometers in northwestern New Mexico. The badlands’ eerie, constantly changing landscape hosts numerous canyons, mounds and hoodoos, as well as Cretaceous-aged fossils encased in shale, sandstone and mudstone. Photo is by Mary Caperton Morton.

January winners
Sandi Cannon (Apple Valley, Calif.)
Gary Jarman (Corvallis, Ore.)
Brendan Kelly (Anchorage, Alaska)
Joe Marx (Falls Church, Va.)
Ken Turnbull (Littleton, Colo.)

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01 Jan 2013