Guess That Location - Part III
Posted 01 February 2018 - 12:14 PM
The road is important, but also the lack of roads as well is important to this mountain.
Posted 01 February 2018 - 12:16 PM
Posted 01 February 2018 - 01:32 PM
The last image revealed the ridge-valley style topography that led me to panning around the Ouachita Mountains. I recognized that road, the Talimena Scenic Byway (Oklahoma Highway 1), which I found out is the northern boundary of the Upper Kiamichi River Wilderness. In the description of that wilderness area, I found out that the rock flow areas you described are sometimes called 'glaciers'.
Finally I found that the mountain is called Rich Mountain. Growing up in Texas I had an interest in heading up there to hike along the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't have recognized the topography. Haven't made it out there yet.
Posted 01 February 2018 - 02:12 PM
That's it Tangnar, Rich Mtn.
I researched those rock glaciers while in grad school at the University of Arkansas. They're neat but hell to hike on. My last photo was going to really show the east/west trending mountain range, pretty much the only one in the lower 48.
Now for the shameless plug. I picked that spot because I just sent my third (Western) and final map of the Ouachita Trail to press yesterday, I've been working on those maps for over a year.
Posted 02 February 2018 - 09:42 AM
Looks good. If I make it out that way sometime I'll get a copy of your maps.
No hint for first image.
Posted 05 February 2018 - 10:59 AM
Posted 06 February 2018 - 08:45 AM
Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:41 AM
One of the reasons I "narrowed in" on Canyon de Chelly is that I have been somewhat obsessed with learning what has caused the 2000+ acre clearing on the plateau on the SE corner of the last image you posted. It caught my eye years ago and zooming in provides a scab-like surface of some unique geography or perhaps the locals are harvesting mesquite and those are burn piles? See the image below - it's in an extremely remote location however you can see the pattern in a few places in the locale. In any case it's still a mystery to me - much like the next place I will be posting a bit later today.
Posted 06 February 2018 - 02:29 PM
Yeah I have never noticed that before. Now you have me curious. I looked through aerial photos on USGS Earth Explorer. Looks like the change happened sometime between 1953 and 1976. That area looks to have cleared all at once and the shape has changed little since.
They do look like burn piles. Maybe it's used for grazing, which would keep it from re-foresting?
Posted 06 February 2018 - 06:48 PM
That clearcut looks like "chaining," a common practice throughout the Colorado Plateau to clear pinyon-juniper dwarf forest to create grazing land. They hook up a heavy duty chain between two bulldozers, which is pulled along to uproot the trees. They then gather the downed trees in piles for burning. Ironically, pinyon-juniper is now more abundant in that region than 150 years ago because of overgrazing. The cattle eat the grass and ignore the trees, which become more abundant.
Posted 08 February 2018 - 12:23 PM
That particular landscape pattern is located in a few other places nearby and I was initially thinking of something like mima mounds but "chaining" sounds like a most reasonable answer.
I would love to visit Canyon de Chellly sometime to check it out, though this new Guess the location (below) is a little higher on my bucket list.
Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:58 AM
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