The Scorching Mojave Sun

Here are two old photos, both show the Red Rock Escarpment which is a fancy name for a fault line. On the other side of the escarpment is Lovell Canyon which was burnt badly a few years ago. The last visit, it is recovering very slowly.

11 thoughts on “The Scorching Mojave Sun

  1. Nice stared sun in the first photo. To be a little more precise, an escarpment is a steep slope separating two relatively flat areas. Escarpments form along fault lines, from erosion and, in the case of the escarpments on the west side of Albuquerque, from lava flows.

    • That’s basically what this is, you see the flat in the photos, Lovell Canyon is relatively flat on the other side. Sometimes I get words or meanings mixed up.

      • The geologic feature in your photo has an escarpment. It’s just that escarpment is a fancy name for a steep slope not a fault. But that’s no fault of yours, because many steep slopes occur along fault lines. The more puzzling question is, when does an escarpment become a face or vice versa? We have an escarpment on the west side of Albuquerque, and the face of the Sandias on the east side. The face is about 4000 feet higher than the escarpment.

        • 4000 feet, wow! I’ve never been in your state, Timothy. If I get down there someday, I’ll buy ya lunch! 🍺

          • We are at 5000 feet in the valley. The top of the sandias is just shy of 11,000 feet. We have mountains to the north about 13,000 feet. If you are ever driving east on I-40, you will go through Albuquerque. Give me a call.

    • In summer, it’s a scorcher! In winter, this same area can occasionally get a very light coating of snow as it’s a bit above 3000 feet ASL which doesn’t include the peaks. I haven’t been able to use my backyard BBQ for many weeks now as this summer’s heat has stayed above 100 degrees consistently. Just too hot to stand in front of a hot grill!

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