GO 340 Gemstones & Gemology
ES 567 Gemstones of the World
Emporia State University
Dr. Susan Ward Aber, Geologist & Gemologist
Emporia State University
Emporia, Kansas USA

academic.emporia.edu/abersusa/go340/tucson08a.htm

Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows 2008-present

From Kansas to Arizona!
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From Kansas to Arizona!

In 2008, we left Emporia at about 4 a.m. in a blizzard to drive to the Kansas City International airport for the flight to the southwestern U.S. The airplane path crossed the Great Plains of Kansas and eastern Colorado, the Rocky Mountains of southern Colorado and northwestern New Mexico, as well as the Colorado Plateau and corner of the Basin and Range geologic provinces of Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. I left from the Kansas City, MO airport and once the plane moved beyond the snowy clouds and ground blizzard, we had clear skies for the rest of the trip. Follow along on my journey from from Kansas to Arizona!



Western Kansas. Patchwork
quilt pattern to fields
traditionally planted in
wheat and corn. Image by
S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.

Map taken from
www.infoplease.com/atlas/
state/kansas.html

Square- and rectangular-shaped
fields in Western Kansas turn to
circular patterns. Center pivot
irrigation create the circular
pattern as seen from the air.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Although the High Plains
continues into eastern
Colorado, there is less
groundwater and little
agricultural crop land use.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Meandering river and
Pikes Peak, near Colorado
Springs, Colorado in the far
distance. Image by
S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.

Map taken from
www.infoplease.com/atlas/
state/colorado.html

Chalk escarpments are
evident, as well as straight
dark lines that are dike
rocks radiating out from
Spanish Peaks. Image by
S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.



Snow capped Sangre de
Cristo Range, southern
Colorado is just coming
into view. Image by
S.W. Aber; photo
date 1/08.


San Luis Valley beyond
snow-topped Sangre de Cristo
Range. This rift valley
is today the highest desert
in the world. Image by
S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.

San Luis Valley beyond
snow-topped Sangre de Cristo
Range. Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Blanca Peak.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Blanca Peak.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Beyond Blanca Peak
is a wrinkled patch
that is the Great Sand
Dunes. Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Great Sand Dunes
tucked inbetween
mountains and blown
up from the San Luis
Valley. Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Great Sand Dunes tucked into
mountains. San Luis Valley.
Image by S.W. Aber; photo
date 1/08.

Great Sand Dunes tucked
into mountains. San Luis
Valley. Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Looking back at the dunes,
which are located under
airplane wing. Center pivot
irrigation around Fort
Garland. Pikes Peak in far
distance. Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Great Sand Dunes. Image
by S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.

Great Sand Dunes. Image
by S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.

San Luis Valley. Image
by S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.

San Luis Valley, high
elevation desert
and drainage for the
Rio Grande River. Image
by S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.

San Luis Valley at
the CO/NM border.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

San Luis Valley.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

San Juan Mountains west
of San Luis Valley.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

San Juan Mountains. Moving
west into the Colorado
Plateau with uplifted rock
layers that remained relatively
horizontal during the folding
and faulting of the Rockies
and Basin and Range. Image by
S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.

San Juan Mountains.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Big Navajo Reservoir.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Map taken from
www.infoplease.com/
atlas/state/newmexico.html

At some point we cut
across the northwestern
edge of New Mexico.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.



Southwestern Colorado/
Northwestern New Mexico.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.


Southwestern Colorado/
Northwestern New Mexico.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Southwestern Colorado/
Northwestern New Mexico.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Southwestern Colorado/
Northwestern New Mexico.
Mesa Verde... Image by
S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.

Southwestern Colorado/
Northwestern New Mexico.
Mesa Verde... Image by
S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.

Southwestern Colorado,
with Black, Horse, Ute
Mountains in the distance.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

At some point we crossed
into Arizona and likely flew
over the Petrified Forest
National Park on the way
to Phoenix. Image by
S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.



Map taken from
www.infoplease.com/atlas/
state/arizona.html


South of the Four
Corners area where
CO, NM, UT, and AZ
come together. Image by
S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.



Check out the passing
plane and dark contrail!
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.


South of the Four
Corners area where
CO, NM, UT, and AZ
come together. Image by
S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.

Around Canyon De Chelly
National Monument?
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Flagstaff in distance.
Cholla Power Plant, Joseph
City, AZ (www.panoramio.com/
photo/1164222
).
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Flagstaff in distance.
Cholla Power Plant,
Joseph City, AZ
(www.panoramio.com/
photo/1164222
).
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Flagstaff in distance.
Cholla Power Plant,
Joseph City, AZ
( www.panoramio.com/
photo/1164222
).
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Flagstaff in distance.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Mountains northeast
of and nearing Phoenix, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Mountains northeast of
and nearing Phoenix, AZ.
Dropping off Colorado
Plateau? Image by
S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.

Mountains northeast
of and nearing Phoenix, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Mountains northeast
of and nearing Phoenix, AZ.
Dropping off Colorado
Plateau? Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Mountains northeast
of and nearing Phoenix, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Mountains northeast
of and nearing Phoenix, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Mountains northeast
of and nearing Phoenix, AZ.
Basin and Range. Image by
S.W. Aber; photo date 1/08.

Basin and Range.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Basin and Range.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Basin and Range.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Lake Pleasant? Northwest
of Greater Phoenix.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Lake Pleasant? Northwest
of Greater Phoenix.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Northwest of Phoenix.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Greater Phoenix, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Greater Phoenix, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Greater Phoenix, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Greater Phoenix, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Greater Phoenix, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Greater Phoenix, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Greater Phoenix, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Greater Phoenix, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Glendale, Arizona. Tents
and University of
Phoenix Stadium, Super
Bowl 2008 Stadium
(http://en.wikipedia.org/
wiki/University_of_
Phoenix_Stadium
)
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Greater Phoenix; headed
for Tucson down highway 10...
Maricopa, etc.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Greater Phoenix; headed
for Tucson down highway
10... Maricopa, etc.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Nearing Tucson, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Nearing Tucson, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

Approaching Tucson, AZ.
Image by S.W. Aber;
photo date 1/08.

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This page originates from the Earth Science department for the use and benefit of students enrolled at Emporia State University. For more information contact the course instructor, S. W. Aber, e-mail: esu.abersusie@gmail.com Thanks for visiting! Webpage created: February 2008; last update: November 19, 2012.

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