Saturday, 14 May 2011

GEOGRAPHY ~ Arizona ~ Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Another geography lesson from Geronimo Stilton, highlighted in the novel "The Race Across America," provides information about Arizona's Monument Valley.  Readers are told, on Pages 76 and 77:  "Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is 91,696 acres (143 square miles), and it's filled with many strange and unique sandstone formations that have been shaped through time.  They include buttes, mesas, canyons, and freestanding formations with enchanting names."

Ear of the Wind
"EAR OF THE WIND:  If you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of the wind passing through the hole in this formation."

Eye of the Sun Arch
"EYE OF THE SUN ARCH:  At a particular time of day, you can see the sun through the middle of the hole.  It acts like a natural clock."

Three Sisters
"The most famous formations are the unmistakable THREE SISTERS, which appear in many Westerns."


"Some of the most famous Westerns of all time were shot right in Monument Valley:

Stagecoach (1939)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
Fort Apache (1948)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Rio Bravo (1950)
The Searchers (1956)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
How the West Was Won (1982)"

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