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Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Desert Vistas

 
 
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By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
1. Desert Vistas Marker
Inscription. From Pintado Point, vistas of remarkable clarity extend far beyond boundaries because the air quality in the surrounding Petrified Forest is among the purest in the continental United States. At times, the San Francisco Peaks, 120 miles (193 km) away near Flagstaff, can be seen clearly. Long-distance visibility also allows us to see the Painted Desert's vibrant colors extending out to the horizon.

But clean air is extremely sensitive. In pre-industrial times, visibility fluctuated naturally depending on conditions of weather, wind, dust, and smoke. Today, visibility also is affected by man-made pollutants that reduce contrast, wash out colors, and render distant landscape features indistinct or invisible.

Most of these pollutants are fine particles of sulfates, organic matter, soot, nitrates, and soil dust from industry, farming, motor vehicles, forest fires, and other sources.

As in many rural western areas, sulfates, organic matter, and soot contribute almost equally to decreased visibility. The park's air quality equipment measures and monitors the amount of these fine particles in the atmosphere.

We can help improve air quality through carpooling, recycling, reducing use of electricity, and becoming involved in community air quality issues.
 
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By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
2. Desert Vistas Marker
Petrified National Forest Services.
 
Location. 35° 4.892′ N, 109° 48.098′ W. Marker is in Holbrook, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker can be reached from Petrified Forest Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Holbrook AZ 86025, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Painted Desert Inn (approx. mile away); Badlands (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Gap in the Geologic Record (approx. one mile away); Early Explorers (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Painted Desert (approx. 1.3 miles away); Painted Desert / Finding Fossils (approx. 1.4 miles away); Painted Desert Community Complex Historic District (approx. 1.5 miles away); Route 66 (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Holbrook.
 
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By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
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