Hiking the family-friendly East Rim Trail to Dead Horse Point

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If you are looking for breath-taking views that don’t require a lot of miles of strenuous hiking, head down to Dead Horse State Park and hike the East Rim Trail.

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Journey to the center of the Earth this morning with these reads.

smithsonianmag.com

The slip of tectonic plates and the fiery eruptions of volcanoes are just the surface manifestations of the beating heart of our planet. Earth is composed of layers, each one playing a different role in protecting all life from solar storms, recycling the planet’s crust and even changing our climate. The ground beneath our feet is a dynamic place that affects us every day.

Arches National Park seeks public’s help finding rock graffiti vandals

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Arches National Park is seeking the public’s help in finding who is responsible for vandalizing one of the park’s rocks with graffiti.

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Funding sought for T. rex excavation

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Tyrannosaurus rex! Few names inspire as much awe and fear as T. rex, the undisputed king of the Late Cretaceous time period in North America. Even though this beast’s name is a household word, T. rex and its cousins (collectively known as tyrannosaurs) are actually quite rare. This is even truer for those members of the family that lived in the southern U.S. and Mexico. For that region, the number of identifiable skulls can be counted on one hand.

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Study: Europe witnessed dinosaur exodus

More than a Bank Holiday—Evidence of a large scale dinosaur migration out of Europe.

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More than 100 million years ago, something curious happened.

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New Droopy Dinosaur Hung Its Head Like an Enormous Eeyore

Heading in the right direction—scientists unearth a titanosaur skull that’s lending a lot of insight on these large dinosaurs.

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The largest dinosaurs of all time had a bad habit of losing their heads. When a titanosaur died, its small skull often wound up far from its massive body, making it hard for paleontologists to track down an animal’s noggin millions of years later.

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Fossil find: New Pterosaur found near Dinosaur National Monument

Pterrorizing Vernal, Utah like it’s 210 million years ago.

steamboattoday.com

There’s more reason to make the voyage toward Vernal, Utah — and to be glad you weren’t doing so 210 million years ago.

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North American Mammoths May Have Been a Single Species

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From the tundra of Alaska to the plains of central Mexico, from islands off California to the Atlantic coastline, mammoths trumpeted and bellowed across North America. Paleontologists traditionally have divided all these Ice Age pachyderms into at least three species—and perhaps as many as four or five. This division was based on differences in teeth and bone. But these aren’t the only clues; mammoths also left remnants of their genes, and this DNA tells a different story. Where there were once multiple mammoths, there may have only been one.

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Earthquake report spurs retrofitting in Utah, Nevada

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A new report raising the likelihood of a destructive earthquake striking Salt Lake City in the next half century has underscored the urgency to retrofit more than 30,000 older brick homes and other unreinforced buildings at high risk of collapsing.

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Swarm of small earthquakes near Utah-Arizona border enters 4th week

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A swarm of dozens of small earthquakes shaking a sparsely populated part of northwestern Arizona is entering its fourth week.

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