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Arches National Park-Delicate Arch National Park Panorama
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This panoramic photograph of Delicate Arch features a late-day view of Arches National Park's most famous icon. Delicate Arch balances at the edge of a canyon and can be reached via a three-mile (round-trip) walking trail. Water and ice, extreme temperatures, underground salt movement and 100 million years of erosion are responsible for the scenery of Arches National Park. Delicate Arch is carved from sandstone deposited during the Jurassic Period some 150 million years ago. There are more than 2000 cataloged arches in the area, including some of the most scenic arches in the world. In the distance are the snow-covered La Sal Mountains.


Bryce Canyon National Park Panorama
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This panoramic photograph of Bryce Canyon was taken by James Blakeway and features a sunrise view of Bryce Amphitheater, one of Bryce Canyon National Park's most visited areas. Bryce Amphitheater is the largest amphitheater in the park. Trails along the rim and through the amphitheater allow for spectacular views for the more than 1.5 million visitors the park has each year. The pillars of rock throughout the amphitheater are called Hoodoos. Hoodoos are created by erosion that has shaped the colorful formations into what start as fins, and then further erode into pinnacles and spires.


Canyonlands National Park Panorama
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This panoramic photograph of Canyonlands National Park was taken by James Blakeway. It features a view of Canyonlands as seen looking through Mesa Arch. Authorized as a national park in 1964, the park contains a maze of deep canyons, mesas, spires, arches, and other geological features carved by wind and water. The air quality in this area is reputed as some of the clearest in the country. The snow-capped La Sal Mountains, visible through Mesa Arch, is approximately thirty-five miles in the distance. To a large degree, Canyonlands remains untrammeled. Its roads are mostly unpaved, its trails primitive, its rivers free-flowing. This is wild America.


Cedar Breaks National Park Panorama
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This panoramic photograph of Cedar Breaks National Monument was taken by James Blakeway and features a late day view of the Cedar Breaks amphitheater. This geologic spectacle is the result of uplift and erosion that created an expanse of cliffs, canyons, columns, and spires that is more than 2,000 feet deep and more than three miles in diameter. From what was once an ancient lake bed located near sea level, these geologic forces are creating the beautiful landscapes of Cedar Breaks and nearby Bryce Canyon National Park. At the right is a 1,700 year-old bristlecone pine tree, which is native to the area's high country, where water is scarce, winds high and soil thin.


Crater Lake Panoramic - National Park Panorama
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Crater Lake National Park

This panorama of Crater Lake was taken by James Blakeway. Perched at the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range in the state of Oregon, Crater Lake National Park is one of the snowiest inhabited places in America, receiving an average of 44 feet of snow per year. Open year-round, the park protects the deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake, known for the purest water on earth and depths up to 1,943 feet. The lake rests inside a caldera formed about 7,700 years ago, when a 12,000-foot-tall volcano collapsed following a major eruption. Today, the volcano’s outer slopes are blanketed with old-growth forests and harbour a variety of plants and animals, including several rare species



Glen Canyon Dam Aerial Panoramic Picture
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This panorama taken by James Blakeway spotlights the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and the Glen Canyon Dam, which is located near Page, Arizona. Established in 1972, the recreation area offers visitors over 1.3 million acres of lake, desert, and canyon country for solitude and exploration. The dam forms Lake Powell, the second largest man-made reservoir in the U.S. with a shoreline of 1,960 miles and a capacity of 26.2 million acre-feet of water. Constructed between 1956 and 1966, the dam is the key unit of the Colorado River Storage Project and was built to improve delivery and allocation of river flow, provide water storage for years of drought, and generate hydroelectricity.


Grand Canyon National Park Panorama
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This panoramic photograph of Grand Canyon National Park was taken by Christopher Gjevre featuring a view from the South Rim, facing towards the North Rim. Grand Canyon National Park encompasses 1,218,375 acres in Arizona. First protected as Grand Canyon Forest Reserve in 1893, it became Grand Canyon National Park in 1919. The canyon was formed due to erosion and the down cutting nature of the river. The river also sweeps away sediment that is eroded into the river. The floor of the canyon is approximately 4,500 feet below the South Rim and more than a mile below the North Rim. The bottom of the canyon averages 15º to 30º warmer than the temperature on the rims.


Grand Canyon National Park Panorama
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The view from Desert View Point in Grand Canyon National Park is a spectacular panorama. At right is Desert View Watchtower, a National Historic Landmark, designed by architect Mary Colter and completed in 1933. Inspired by towers constructed elsewhere in the Southwest by ancestral Puebloan people centuries ago, the Watchtower provides amazing 360 degree views of its surroundings. To the left of the tower, the Grand Canyon unfolds in all its splendor. Visible at the center of the photo is the Colorado River, winding through the canyon bottom, a vertical mile below the rim. The National Park Service works to protect Grand Canyon for future generations, so that all may experience its beauty.


Grand Teton National Park Panorama
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This panoramic photograph of Grand Teton National Park was taken by James Blakeway. It features the Teton Range as seen looking across Jackson Lake. The jagged peaks of the Teton Range can be easily seen as they rise from the valley floor. The tallest peak on the left is Grand Teton, a 13,770-foot mountain. Centered in the panorama is Mount Moran at 12,605 feet. Meadows abloom in early July are prevalent in the park. The dark green forests of lodgepole pines occur in the lower elevations throughout the Teton Range. Elk, moose, pronghorn, mule deer, bison, black bear, and occasionally grizzlies can be observed in the park.


Grand Teton National Park Panorama (ELK)
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This panorama of the National Elk Refuge located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, was taken by James Blakeway. The Refuge was established in 1912 to provide winter habitat and preserve the Jackson elk herd. It is an integral component of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, bounded by Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The winter season is the best time to view the spectacle of thousands of migratory elk, as well as bison, bighorn sheep, coyotes, trumpeter swans, moose, bald eagles and more. The Refuge also includes a wide variety of habitats, including grassy meadows, marshes, timbered areas, sagebrush and rocky outcroppings.


Hoover Dam Aerial Panoramic Picture
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Hoover Dam

This aerial panorama of Hoover Dam, with the Colorado River in the foreground, was taken by James Blakeway. Considered one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders, the dam project was authorized by Congress in 1928 to control floods, provide irrigation water and produce hydroelectric power. Construction on the dam began in 1931 and was completed in 1936, more than two years ahead of schedule. The dam was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin Roosevelt, but was controversially named in honor of President Herbert Hoover. Hoover Dam is a National Historic Landmark and attracts nearly a million people who tour the dam each year.



Hoover Dam Aerial Picture - Panoramic Poster
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Hoover Dam

This aerial panorama of Hoover Dam, taken by James Blakeway, captures a beautiful sunny day over the dam, with Lake Mead in the background to the left. Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression, and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving 21,000 workers, 45,000,000 pounds of reinforcing steel and 4,360,000 cubic yards of concrete. The dam's generators provide power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona and California.



Monument Valley National Park Panoramic
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This panorama of Monument Valley, taken by Christopher Gjevre, features the tall slender formation known as Totem Pole, the heavily eroded remains of a butte. Monument Valley is located on the border of Utah and Arizona and is protected as a Navajo Tribal Park, by the Navajo Nation. The area was once covered completely in sandstone layers, which have been worn away over millions of years to reveal the stone formations, mesas and buttes we associate with Monument Valley today. Images of these formations epitomize the American Southwest and were first brought to the attention of the public by the film and tourist industry, with the release of John Ford’s 1938 film, “Stagecoach,” starring John Wayne.


Sequoia National Park Panorama
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This panorama features the giant sequoia tree, earth's largest living tree, which can reach heights of more than 300 feet. Sequoia seeds are about ¼ inch long and come from small cones, which contain about 200 seeds each.


Sequoia National Park Panoramic
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This panorama, taken by James Blakeway, provides a glimpse of one of California’s most spectacular treasures – Sequoia National Park. It is home to the giant sequoia trees, which grow naturally in only one area, along the western slope of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. Centered in the background of this photograph is the General Sherman Tree – the largest sequoia tree in the park and in the world. General Sherman is estimated to be more than 2,000 years old and contains more than 52,000 cubic feet of wood. It stands almost 275 feet tall and, at the ground, has a trunk that measures more than 100 feet in circumference.


Yellowstone Panoramic Picture - National Park
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Yellowstone National Park – Old Faithful

This panorama of Yellowstone National Park, located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, is America’s first national park. A worldwide favorite attraction in the park is Old Faithful Geyser, shown erupting 106 to 184 feet in the air. Since its formal discovery in 1870, Old Faithful has been one of the more predictable geysers and erupts an average of 17 times per day, every day. The nozzle-shaped cone in the foreground is Beehive Geyser, erupting sporadically at intervals ranging from 10 hours to 5 days. The river dividing the grassy area from the moonscape terrain is Firehole River. Pictured right of center in the background is Old Faithful Inn.


Yosemite National Park Panorama
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This panoramic photograph of Yosemite National Park was taken by James Blakeway. It features a view of Yosemite Valley with snow-fed Bridalvail Fall on the right side of the valley. Along the left side of the valley is El Capitan, which rises 3,604 feet and is the largest of the many granite domes and peaks. Yosemite lay beneath an ancient sea 500 million years ago. The seabed was thrust upward and molten rock welled up and cooled to form granite. Erosion and Alpine Glaciers carved Yosemite Valley as they cut through the canyon of the Merced River, exposing the granite and El Capitan.


Zion National Park - Kolob Canyons National Park Panorama
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This panoramic photograph of Zion National Park was taken by James Blakeway and features the finger canyons of Kolob Canyons. Located in the northwest corner of Zion National Park, Kolob Canyons is a unique and stunningly beautiful section of Zion that is overlooked by most park visitors, making it a great getaway off the beaten path. Zion National Park is located in the southwestern corner of Utah and is a masterpiece of towering cliffs, deep red canyons, mesas, buttes, and massive monoliths, often said to be the most beautiful place in America.


Zion National Park - Zion Canyon National Park Panorama
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This panoramic photograph of Zion National Park was taken by James Blakeway looking south from Observation Point. Located in the southwestern corner of Utah, Zion National Park is a masterpiece of towering cliffs, deep red canyons, mesas, buttes, and massive monoliths, often said to be the most beautiful place in America. The North Fork Virgin River flows through Zion Canyon providing water to the canyon where annual precipitation is a mere 14 inches. Angels Landing, in the forefront and right of the canyon, is one of the more famous landmarks in Zion National Park along with Great White Throne located left of the river near the top of the canyon walls.


Zion National Park Panorama
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This panoramic photograph of Zion National Park was taken by James Blakeway and features one of the many spectacular views offered in the park. This view features Lower Zion Canyon and Pine Creek Canyon with Bridge Mountain at the left. The flat-topped butte in the distance is West Temple. To its right are the Towers of the Virgin, which include the Sundial and the Alter of Sacrifice. Mukuntuweap National Monument was expanded in 1919 as Zion National Park to preserve the stunning scenery and sandstone cliffs that are among the highest in the world.


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