Greetings Arch Hunters...today is Arch Wednesday! (Issue #17)
Worldwide arch count: 6065 (Net Change: +2)
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.
Today we feature 3 arches
near major metropolitan areas in the United States that are not well
known. They have obviously not been visited by anyone who
really knows what an arch is until now...
(all data submitted by Stone Canyon)
Golden Arches: W of Denver in Jefferson County, CO, US:
A beautiful arch to visit, but hard to photograph. Its fascinating
structure is a hidden gem of the Front Range, and perhaps the second
largest arch to be found anywhere from Wyoming to southern Colorado
in the Fountain Conglomerate. It's a double arch, with a miniature third arch inside the main structure. Search US>CO>Jefferson> location keyword "Golden"
Double Eagle II Arch: W of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, NM, US (Photo above by Stone Canyon): This
arch and a nearby small craft airport are named after an
operation in the Vietnam war. It's great to stand up on the arch
and see the Albuquerque city views. This is an easy hike, and if you
time it right, you can catch a fabulous full moon rising over the Sandia
Mountains with the city lights in the foreground. Take a picnic dinner!
Phoenix, AZ: In February,
2009 I found another amazing arch about 12 feet in length in the
city park near the zoo and NW of the other known arches in that
same area. (The same day, I verified that "Natural Bridge" shown in
the USGS GNIS database as being in the South Mountains was not a true
arch or bridge.) I won't be able to enter this one into the WAD
for a while because I have to get a better picture first! Search
US>AZ>Maricopa, location keyword "Phoenix" in January 2013 (if we
make it that far!).
Coming up in 2013 (if we make it that far!): Largest Arches Inventory Project (LAIP)
During the early part of 2013, we'll be focusing on updates for the biggest arches in the world, defined in the World Arch Database as arches having a superior Greater Arch Dimension (or GAD).
Happy Arch Hunting!