Where on Earth? - July 2012

Clues for July 2012:
1. These two red rock spires — the taller of which reaches 240 meters from the canyon floor — are predominantly made of Triassic sandstone that was deposited between 250 million and 230 million years ago. The surrounding canyons were carved by stream-cutting and regional tectonic uplift.
2. The name of the taller spire refers to a mischievous and mythical feminine arachnid. Among other things, she is said to have taught the indigenous peoples how to weave, and served as both protector from evil and punisher of misbehaving children.
3. The national monument that hosts the canyons is unique in that the land on which it is located is not federally owned. Instead, it belongs to the local Native American population, with whom the National Park Service partners to manage the monument.
Name the taller of the two spires and the national monument in which it is located.
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Answer: Spider Rock is the taller of two spires in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. The monument is on Navajo land, and is managed by the native people in a partnership with the National Park Service. Spider Rock is named after the Navajo deity Spider Grandmother, or Spider-Woman, who chose the rock for her home and who taught the Navajo people to weave. Photo is by Timothy Oleson.
July winners
Claude E. Bolze (Sapulpa, Okla.)
Kit Clark (Springfield, Mo.)
Carol Waite Connor (Littleton, Colo.)
Justin F. Lambert (Stuarts Draft, Va.)
Brett Wyckoff (Elk Grove, Calif.)

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01 Jul 2012