Desert Vistas

Desert Vistas (HM1AZP)

Location: Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028 Apache County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 4.892', W 109° 48.098'

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From Pintado Point, vistas of remarkable clarity extend far beyond boundaries because the air quality in the surrounding Petrified Forest is among the purest in the continental United States. At times, the San Francisco Peaks, 120 miles (193 km) away near Flagstaff, can be seen clearly. Long-distance visibility also allows us to see the Painted Desert's vibrant colors extending out to the horizon.

But clean air is extremely sensitive. In pre-industrial times, visibility flunctuated naturally depending on conditions of weather, wind, dust, and smoke. Today, visibility also is affected by man-made pollutants that reduce constrast, wash out colors, and render distant landscape features indistinct or invisible.

Most of these pollutants are fine particles of sulfates, organic matter, soot, mitrates, and soil dust from industry, farming, motor vechiles, forest fires, and other sources.

As in many rural western areas, sulfates, organic matter, and soot contribute almost equally to decreased visiblity. The park's air quality equipment measures and monitors the amount of these fine particles in the atmosphere.

We can help improve air quality through carpooling, recycling, reducing use of electricity, and becoming involved in community air quality issues.
Placed ByPetrified National Forest Services
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 2:29pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 609247 N 3882741
Decimal Degrees35.08153333, -109.80163333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 4.892', W 109° 48.098'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 4' 53.52" N, 109° 48' 5.88" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-399 Unnamed Road, Petrified Forest National Park AZ 86028, US
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