The Colorado Rocky Mountains

NASA SL4-138-3875
Skylab Image SL4-138-3875 courtesty NASA Johnson Space Center

"A color oblique view looking [westward] over the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains (40.0N, 106.0W). This view covers a portion of the States of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. This entire region, covered with snow, depicts much of the structural and topographic features of the Rocky Mountain chain. [The major] change to snow pattern seen here is the metropolitan area of Denver along the eastern edge of the mountain front. The major inter-montane valleys of South Park, Middle Park, and North Park are clearly visible and separate the Colorado Rockies Front Range from the high rugged mountains that form the core of the Rocky Mountains. Date Taken: 02/01/74" --- NASA IMAGE CAPTION

Labels added by Keith Gleason, Sommers-Bausch Observatory.

Sightseeing over the Rockies

They're not as high as the martian Olympus Mons, nor as massive as the venusian Maxwell Montes/Ishtar Terra region, nor as breathtaking as the methane swirls of the jovian Great Red Spot ... still, the visitor will appreciate "the Rockies" as an attractively quaint jumble of rocks and outcroppings with a charm all its own. From peaks frequently coated with precipitated solid-state hydrogen-oxygen molecules ... to high-velocity atmospheric flows called "chinooks" created by venturi-pinched streamlines squeezed by terrain-dominated boundary conditions .... to thermally-triggered interludes during which patches of flora becomes depleted of the chemical chlorophyll and hence highly reflective at the peak wavelength of ambient solar radiation ... this ecosystem bears monitoring again and again throughout a full terrestrial revolution.

Tourists are cautioned, however, to stay clear of the area marked "Colorado Springs". This is the habitat of the subterranian denizens of Cheyenne Mountain (known as "noradians"), who are easily upset by overflights of craft that circumvent normal inertial properties of matter.

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