Petrified Forest NP (@PetrifiedNPS )

Petrified Forest NP

Bio Petrified Forest National Park: one of the best deposits of Late Triassic fossils, Painted Desert badlands, grassland, and over 10,000 years of human history.
Location NE Arizona, U.S.A.
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Twitter Web App : Erosion shaped the Sandcastle, a formation on the way to Red Basin, here under the stars. Credit Jacob Holgerson (hl) #scenic #scenery #nightsky #darksky #PetrifiedForest #nationalpark #NPS

Twitter Web App : Bigelow Sagebrush (Artemisia bigelovii) is similar to a small A. tridentata (Common Sagebrush), with lobed leaves & woody stems. A. bigelovii has rays on its tiny flowers, A. tridentata doesnt; last year’s inflorescence stems linger until the next bloom.(hl) #PetrifiedForest

Twitter Web App : Things to do: drive through the park. There are visitor centers at either end of the park for brochures & information. The road is 28 miles from gate to gate with many points, overlooks, trailheads, and exhibits. Don’t miss Blue Mesa! Have fun! (hl) #PetrifiedForest #FindYourPark

Twitter Web App : Fossil preparators have been removing rock from the skull & vertebrae of a 223 million-year-old amphibian called Anaschisma browni. Visit the Museum Demo Lab at the Painted Desert Visitors Center to gaze into the eyes of the past for yourself. (db) #fossilfriday #npspaleo #eyes

Twitter Web App : Route 66 once passed through this area, particularly popular after World War II, Americans taking to the Mother Road. Visit the Route66 pullout to see the old alignment as well as a 1932 Studebaker. This license plate was from 1945. nps.gov/pefo/learn/his… (hl) #PetrifiedForest

Twitter Web App : Compare a 1950s postcard with a photo of the same spot between Tawa and Kachina Points taken last week. I think the photographer was standing on a chair back in the day! (hl) #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #history #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #PetrifiedForest #NPS #nationalpark

Twitter Web App : This week’s featured petrified wood is a beautiful log located at Crystal Forest. I like this one as a large branch scar aka knot has collected water which animals can use, except it is a tiny ice rink on a cold morning. (hl) #PetrifiedForest #nationalpark #NPS #petrifiedwood

Twitter Web App : Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) are unique North American mammals. Although nicknamed “antelope,” they are not related to antelope at all. They are a member of the superfamily Giraffoidea, closest living relatives being giraffes and okapi. (hl) #PetrifiedForest

Twitter Web App : A group of American Pronghorn pose on a badland. Credit Andrew V. Kearns (hl) #scenic #scenery #PetrifiedForest #nationalpark #NPS

Twitter Web App : We have guided backcountry hikes with our volunteers Dorenda and Matt Walters. Perhaps you have hiked with them in the past and know how fun they are. Call and make reservations for these wonderful adventures! They fill up fast! nps.gov/pefo/planyourv… (hl) #PetrifiedForest

iPhone : Starting Jan 2, the Museum Demo Lab will be open Wed-Sun from 9am-3pm.

Stop by to chat with scientists, see fossils, and learn about behind-the-scenes projects.

Happy New Year! 🥳 We hope to see you soon!

#fossilfriday #npspaleo #newyear #NewYear2021 (pv)

Twitter Web App : Compare two photos from 1962 (when it was built) and 2020 of the plaza outside of the Painted Desert Visitor Center. Definitely some changes and a bit of a skew due to different camera/lens formats. (hl) #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #history #PetrifiedForest #nationalpark

Twitter Web App : Gooddings Willow (Salix gooddingii) is the larger of the two willows found in the park, both found near water sources. Goodding’s gets more tree-like than its little sister’s shrubbier habit, but they can be very similar in their youth. Credit Steve Jones (hl) #PetrifiedForest

Twitter Web App : White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) is a handsome winter resident. Young male birds learn to sing from the other males in their neighborhood. Researchers have discovered that regions have song dialects and those on the edge will be “bilingual”. (hl) #PetrifiedForest