Landscapes of Power

Landscapes of Power (HMVQD)

Location: Rock Springs, WY 82901 Sweetwater County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 43.758', W 109° 16.58'

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About three million years ago, a volcano dominated the landscape east of U.S. 191. The powerful forces of wind and water eroded softer rocks surrounding the volcano's more resistant core, resulting in the tooth-shaped butte on the eastern horizon. Boars Tusk now rises over 400ft. above the desert floor and stands sentinel over the vast expanse of the Killpecker Sand Dunes. This narrow belt of wind-blown sand stretches for over 60 miles across the Continental Divide, forming the largest dune field in North America. Sands began accumulating about 15,000 years ago, towards the end of the Ice Age. Today, spectacular active dunes in the center of the field measure tens of feet in height. The margins of the Killpecker dune field are currently stabilized by fragile vegetation; white spots apparent in the distance are small patches of active sand.

For thousands of years, Native Americans have recognized and revered the sacred power inherent in this landscape. Many spots show evidence from use as places of seclusion and prayer. The well-known White Mountain petroglyphs, and similar sites in the region, all attest to earth's sacred power and teach us to treat these special places with respect and care. Ceremonies and traditions spanning thousands of years continue to be held throughout this landscape. If you hear voices in the wind, it may not be your imagination.

Placed ByWyoming
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 1:31pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 643355 N 4621156
Decimal Degrees41.72930000, -109.27633333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 43.758', W 109° 16.58'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 43' 45.48" N, 109° 16' 34.80" W
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Area Code(s)307
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4055 Co Rd 17, Rock Springs WY 82901, US
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