Many large birds use these currents to conserve energy. Being lifted into the sky by this wind, called a thermal, is much easier than flapping wings that can span eight feet from tip to tip. Using thermals saves energy and make it easy for birds to travel long distances. The turkey vulture is an expert at utilizing these thermals and are often seen soaring over this area, rarely flapping their wings.Humans now use the same lifting air currents to play in the wind. Hang gliders and paragliders can often be seen here soaring with the raptors, high above the foothills.
When air moving across the plains hits these mountains, it is forced upward, causing strong updrafts that carry birds and enable humans to feel the wonder of flight.
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|Date Added||Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 2:47am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13S E 478969 N 4398551|
|Decimal Degrees||39.73660000, -105.24543333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 44.196', W 105° 14.726'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 44' 11.76" N, 105° 14' 43.56" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||303, 720|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6147 Lookout Mountian Trail, Golden CO 80401, US|
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