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Mystery of the Badlands….

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  • Mystery of the Badlands.

  • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.. hills filled with fossils of strange extinct creatures

  • YOU BE THE SCIENTISTWhy are there so many fossils in Southern inland California?

  • We need to put together a puzzle from the past

  • What formed this landscape?

  • The Colorado River .. Can you follow its course by connecting the stars?

  • The Colorado River emptied into the ocean in the area between the stars for the last three million years

  • The area between the stars is part of the Colorado Plateau.

  • A huge dome of magma from below lifted the Colorado Plateau 6000 feet above sea level!

  • The last three million years experienced many cold ice ages and warming thawing time periods

  • Today, you see these landforms throughout Arizona and Utah.

  • If you look closer at the landscapes along the Colorado River you see this..

  • And.. along a major tributary

  • What is creating these landforms?

  • The Colorado River spreads out into a delta where it meets the seaPhoto by Jim Wark

  • These are todays southern inland California landforms

    Photo by Photo by Jim Wark

  • So what do you think created these badlands?

  • Where did these colored layers of sediment come from?

  • How can we tell the story of 3 million years of life from these hills?

  • Why do people want to study the history of life on earth?

  • These formations attract scientists from around the world

  • And what have they found?

  • An artist worked with paleontologists and geologists to create these murals of the past. Artist John Francis

  • Why was it so different only 10,000 years ago?Artist John Francis

  • Artist John Francis

    Do you see plants or animals that might still live in desert environments?

  • Artist John Francis

    From 6 million years ago to..

  • Artist John Francis

    to most of the last three million years

  • to the desert we see today.

  • What happened? Can you solve the mystery?

  • Science is for the curious Each new discovery creates some new answers and many new questions!

  • Murals of past scenes by John FrancisAerial photos donated by Jim WarkCurriculum development supported by Anza-Borrego Foundation and Institute and California State Parks Text and other photos by LuAnn Thompson