Greetings Arch Hunters...today is Arch Wednesday! (Issue #24)
Worldwide arch count: 6098 (Net Change: +3)
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.
Stone Canyon Adventures is pleased to announce the release of the newest version of the Arches of Arches National Park database
on CD-ROM (version 3.5.3). This version is based on the Microsoft.NET
platform, and so is much easier to use than the last version (2.0 and
up) that had those annoying security windows. It'll be available soon at
the Arches National Park Visitor Center and at http://arches.StoneCanyonAdventures.com.
This technology is also being adapted to create a CD version of the
World Arch Database (WAD). The advantage to having the CD is that you
can use the database in the field with your lap top computer, in remote
areas with no wi-fi or cell service. Some day I suppose all wilderness
areas will have cell phone coverage, so at that point we'll be looking
at a mobile version to compliment the existing online version of the
Largest Arches Inventory Project (LAIP): Focusing on updates for the largest arches in the world, defined in the World Arch Database as arches having a superior Greater Arch Dimension (or GAD), this project will be ongoing over the next several months.
This week's new entry for the LAIP is Fairy Bridge,
believed to be the longest span on planet Earth! If you're a member of
the Natural Arch and Bridge Society (NABS), you probably already know
about this fabulous limestone bridge in China (Guangxi Province). NABS
members mounted an expedition in 2010 to this arch and were able to
measure it accurately and get great photos! Get the full story at
We have several other ongoing projects, including the California Coast and White Canyon/Natural Bridges projects which we'll be updating in the coming weeks.
New Entries: A short Stone Canyon Adventures excursion into the Kofa Mtns, Arizona, USA revealed the following:
Scrubble Arch: a small arch, part of a large bubble-shaped rock. Makes a great photograph!
Brass Cap Point Arch: a nice double arch. Great for sitting under and looking out across the vast Sonoran Desert!
We were also able to get photos, estimated dimensions and other data
for two arches in the Kofa Mtns; these had been entered
into the WAD last year as part of the USGS GNIS project. We're calling
these Bud Arch, named for a spring nearby called Budweiser Spring; and French Creek Arch, named for the drainage in which it is located. Calling this a creek is a bit of a stretch in this desert, but there it is!
Search US>AZ>Location keyword "Kofa"
Happy Arch Hunting!