Tracks in the Canyon

Tracks in the Canyon (HM1SJ3)

Location: Moab, UT 84532 San Juan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 20.76', W 109° 51.615'

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Human activities have changed the face of Canyonlands. Livestock grazing in the late 19th century altered plant communities. The roads and seismic lines you see below were constructed in the 1950s in a search for uranium and oil. Mining and grazing activities eventually ceased with the creation of Canyonlands National Park, but the impacts are still visible today.

Desert plants endure poor soil, infrequent rain, intense heat and strong winds. Annual precipitation in less than 10 inches. Because of these challenges, seeds only germinate once every few years. This means that desert plant communities recover very slowly from any disturbance.

Grazing has ceased, mining has stopped, abandoned roads have been closed and backcountry travel is regulated. Natural revegetation is slowly repairing these impacts. Visual rehabilitation has begun to conceal the scars on the landscape, but full biological recovery will take many years in this arid environment.
HM NumberHM1SJ3
Placed ByCanyonlands National Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 599596 N 4244820
Decimal Degrees38.34600000, -109.86025000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 20.76', W 109° 51.615'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 20' 45.6" N, 109° 51' 36.9" W
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Area Code(s)435
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Grand View Point Rd, Moab UT 84532, US
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