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Big Spring State Park: A Scenic Vantage on a West Texas Crossroads

Travelers on Interstate 20 east of Midland see it from dozens of miles away – a bluff rising 200 feet above the otherwise unbroken West Texas plains. The promontory has always been a landmark. Abundant springs once flowed at its … Continue reading

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Monahans Sandhills: A Serene, and Surreal, Landscape Amidst the Bustling Permian Basin

It’s a place of serenity, a West Texas landscape with the power to mesmerize. Monahans Sandhills State Park encompasses almost 4,000 acres of sand dunes and sandhills – part of a larger expanse of sandhills here at the southwestern edge … Continue reading

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The Odessa Meteor Crater: A Subtle Feature Tells a Cosmic Story

This episode of Nature Notes was inspired by a question from listener Josh Knight – submitted as part of “West Texas Wonders,” the reporting series where listeners ask questions and Marfa Public Radio finds answers. Knight asked if the Odessa … Continue reading

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Tracing the Salt Road, Where West Texas Geology, History Meet

Beneath the soaring western escarpment of the Guadalupe Mountains, geologic and chemical forces combine to create a resource humans have sought since civilization began: salt. Indigenous peoples made salt expeditions here for millennia. Spanish invaders sent wagon trains to gather … Continue reading

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Beneath the Guadalupe Mountains, Traces of an Ancient Salt Road

It is today “so common, so easy to obtain, and so inexpensive that we have forgotten that from the beginning of civilization until about 100 years ago, [it] was one of the most sought-after commodities in human history.” The quote … Continue reading

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