Friday, July 20, 2012

Achievement 16: Final Image Unlocked!

You did it! The comments you and other SummerQuest heroes wrote have unlocked the complete image created for this year's Summer Reading program from Pima County Public Library!

The last two pieces of the image are from northern Arizona, with a united concept of being about trees.

The lower blue picture shows a bank of pines standing in snow near Flagstaff. People who have never been to Arizona find it hard to imagine we have wide tracts of pine forests, much less that we have whole regions of the state that get snow every year.

The upper red picture shows a scene from the Petrified Forest National Park. You are looking at segments of gigantic redwoods that died over three millenia ago, then slowly petrified by the same mechanism that creates the many fossils being uncovered and studied by researchers at the park. Paleontologists and geologists come to the park, adding to the scientific knowledge to be gleaned from this globally-important site.

To learn more about Flagstaff -- its history and prehistory, geology, as well as opportunities for biking and birding (or just to find a fun hike in the north country), have a look at the selection of books and information we can offer:

For more about the Petrified Forest, see what interests you here:

The image of the pines outside Flagstaff was made available courtesy of photographer Patrick Nouhailler through a Creative Commons license:

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