Greetings Arch Hunters...today is Arch Wednesday! (Issue #13)
Worldwide arch count: 6048 (Net Change: +22)
Each week we update the World Arch Database (WAD) with newly reported arches as well as more accurate data and/or photos for existing arch entries. Each Wednesday (day may vary), we send you a list of the updated arch entries with a summary of what has changed.
GNIS Project (Now Complete): Cross-referencing of the WAD with the United States Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
The GNIS once contained many arch entries that either were not arches
or did not have the right name entered, and other errors. Apparently,
some folks at the USGS have been hard at work correcting this situation
(with the assistance of the Natural Arch and Bridge Society). Not
only have they corrected most of the errors, but they've added quite a
number of arches shown on USGS topographic maps as "Natural
Arch" which had never been entered into the GNIS. This
cross-referencing work has yielded arch entries for Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin. For some of these arches, we'll need pictures, concise GPS data, rock type and etc.
GO GET 'EM ARCH HUNTERS!
California Coast Project (Now Complete): Extensive
research on California sea arches from border to border, in
anticipation of the NABS 2013 Fall Rally on the California Coast!
New additions from GNIS system (search on a location keyword in the WAD):
Research was completed for the US
states of New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia,
Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. All arch names are official GNIS
names unless otherwise noted. Any state not listed in this series had no
entries in the GNIS.
Oregon: Tex Creek Arch - found
by some US Forest Service technicians in 1982, but apparently it never
got entered into the GNIS until May, 2007. A logging road was re-routed
around the arch. (Grant County); Biggs Arch (Sherman Co.)
Texas: Cerro Castellan Window - Big
Bend NP (Brewster Co.); Natural Bridge (Briscoe Co.); Tejas Arch -
Guadalupe Mts NP (Culberson Co.); Pratt Arch, aka Vreeland 17-127 -
Guadalupe Mts NP (Culberson Co.); Eye of the Needle (Jeff Davis Co.);
Judy's Arch, aka TX-4 - Palo Duro Cyn (Randall Co.).
Wisconsin: Elephant Trunk Rock (Richland Co.).
Changes to WAD entries from GNIS research:
Ohio: Coordinates for Needle's Eye (Ottawa Co.) and Rockbridge (Hocking Co.).
Oklahoma: Elk Mountain Bridge is
now officially named Centennial Arch (Comanche Co.); Vreeland's 17-26 is
now officially named Independence Arch (Cimarron Co.); Vreeland's 17-29
is now officially named Lime Arch Bridge (Pittsburg Co.).
Tennessee: Oven Creek Bridge is now officially named Big Oven; Harned Bridge is now officially named Little Oven (Cocke Co.).
Wisconsin: Coordinates for Fonferek Glen Arch (Brown Co.).
Errors found in GNIS data:
"Claron Arch," entry no. 1679038, is spelled incorrectly. It should be shown as "Clarno Arch."
California Coast Project:
Research was completed using sources other than the USGS-GNIS. We have
dozens of new entries from the Natural Arch and Bridge Society's GIS
Catalog, as well as dozens more from the Journal of Natural Arch
Discoveries. We also cross-referenced these sources between themselves
and with all SPAN articles on California arches. We've done a lot
of upgrading to existing entries with coordinates, photographic
potential ratings, better directions and more. Thanks to Ted Dahlmann,
Nicholus Terzakis, Jay Wilbur and others for providing most of the data
over the years. We'll be working to obtain photos for all of these
arches over the next few weeks. We'll also be doing more research trying
to identify more arches between San Franciso and Los Angeles. Here's
the arch count as it now stands for coastal California counties (from
North to South):
Del Norte: 4
Mendocino: the winner with 78
San Francisco: 5
San Mateo: 8
Santa Cruz: 16
San Luis Obispo: 15
Santa Barbara: 4
Los Angeles: 4
San Diego: 5
Happy Arch Hunting!