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Near Sapello in San Miguel County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Strike Valleys

 
 
Strike Valleys Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2014
1. Strike Valleys Marker
Inscription. Between Sapello and Mora, State Road 3 follows a narrow strike valley eroded into soft shale between ridges of resistant sandstone called hogbacks, both the result of uplift of the Rocky Mountains. To the east stretch the Great Plains, and to the west, the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, rising to elevations exceeding 13,000 feet.
The elevation here is 7000 feet.
 
Location. 35° 49.076′ N, 105° 14.308′ W. Marker is near Sapello, New Mexico, in San Miguel County. Marker is on New Mexico Route 518 north of New Mexico Route 94. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sapello NM 87745, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hermitís Peak (approx. 5.5 miles away); La Cueva National Historic District (approx. 8.5 miles away); La Cueva Mill (approx. 8.6 miles away); Curanderas — Women Who Heal (approx. 12.2 miles away); Fort Union National Monument (approx. 12.3 miles away); Las Vegas (approx. 13.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. State Road 3 was cut back to Rivera and State Road 518 from Las Vegas north to Taos has replaced it. The “you are here” on the map on the back on this marker (see Photo 3) is not correct.
Strike Valleys Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2014
2. Strike Valleys Marker
The road where the marker is now located is the north-pointing arrow to the right of the “you are here” mark that points to La Cueva. State Road 518 goes to Mora via La Cueva.
 
Also see . . .  . Entry in Our Home Ground, by Barry Lopez. Excerpt: “When a stratum of rock is tipped by tectonic forces, earth scientists characterize its orientation to the surface of the Earth—imagining the surface as a horizontal line—in terms of its dip and strike. If a layer of rock is tipped forty degrees below the horizontal, it would have a dip of forty degrees. If the slope faced south, its strike would be east-west, the orientation of a line perpendicular to the line of its dip.” (Submitted on April 28, 2014.) 
 
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Reverse of Strike Valleys Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2014
3. Reverse of Strike Valleys Marker
The present alignment of New Mexico Route 518 is not shown on this map. It proceeds in a relatively direct line between its intersection with 94 just south of this marker through La Cueva to Mora. Click on image to zoom in.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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