National Geographic : 1924 Jul
00 Official Photograph, U. S.Army Air Service A NEW ASPECT OF A FAMOUS NATURAL WONDER OF THE WEST: HALF DOME ROCK, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK "The great Half Dome thrusts its stupendous bulk to an elevation of more than 8 ooo feet above sea-level; from itscrest itisnearly amile to the floor of the valley beneath. This tremendous block of granite resembles a monster boulder partly imbedded in the canyon wall, and with an entire half cleanly split off. One wonders what has become of the missing half. Was it broken up and washed away?There are no signs ofitinthe valley. We had long heard of the beauties of Yosemite; from our lofty position over it, we looked down and marveled atthe prodigality ofNature in supplying a relatively small valley with so many wonderful features. This region was so attractive that we flewback and forth several times and at last left it with reluctance."-Stevens and Macreadv.