National Geographic : 2005 Mar
MOAB. UTAH Open Range Scrublands dotted with saltbush, blackbrush, rabbitbrush, gray-green now in spring, stretch out over valleys and hills to the horizon, leap over the dry washes. Old junipers with frosted berries twist their silvery trunks, pifion pines clutch fatty nuts in rose-shaped cones, brittle thistle tumbles, and sage, sage, ubiquitous dusty green, its pungent scent hovers over the desert. Bright dabs of color stain the pastel mesas: prickly pear sprouts its saffron flower, and claret cup wears a blood-red bloom, locoweed, scorpionweed, curly dock, desert holly, Mormon tea, spiky yucca, and poison datura a garden for the cautious. Black Angus graze like dark cutouts against blue sky. A road sign shows a cow, says Open Range. Bullet holes let the sun shine through. 1. Common paintbrush near Arches National Park 2. Evaporation ponds at Intrepid Potash company 3. Desert elkweed 4. Cattle sign on Highway 128 * 1 City NEARLY 300 MILLION YEARS AGO Moab Marine creatures thrived in a warm, shallow sea. 150 MILLION YEARS AGO 18,000 YEARS AGO Dinosaurs lumbered across Nomadic hunter-gatherers created Dinosaurs lumbered across semiarid savanna. Nomadic hunter-gatherers created rock art and made tools.