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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 … 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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Faulting and Fracking: Exploring the History of Earthquakes in West Texas

For this episode, Nature Notes is teaming up with “West Texas Wonders” – a new reporting series where listeners ask questions and Marfa Public Radio finds answers. This question comes from listener Ken Richards. “In Big Bend, you see all … Continue reading

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The Cone-Nose and Chagas Disease: West Texas Realities to Reckon With

For this episode, Nature Notes is teaming up with “West Texas Wonders” – a new reporting series where listeners ask questions and Marfa Public Radio finds answers. This week, a question from Rachel Monroe of Marfa. Monroe was preparing recently … Continue reading

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The Rough-Footed Mud Turtle: A Water-Lover in a Parched Land

For this episode, Nature Notes is teaming up with “West Texas Wonders” – a new reporting series where listeners ask questions and Marfa Public Radio finds answers. What kinds of turtles live around Marfa? The question comes from Nathan Stueve. … Continue reading

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