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Roswell, New Mexico

Posted by graywacke on March 1, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-time-I-get-around-to-it blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  Hey – my third USer in a row (and 4/5) with this landing in . . . NM; 71/80; 5/10; 154.0.  Here’s my regional landing map:

 roswell landing 1

Closer in, and you can see that I landed about 18 miles southwest of Roswell:

 roswell landing 2

The unlabeled river just north of my landing is the Rio Hondo (1st hit ever); on to the Pecos (12th hit); to the Rio Grande (37th hit).

 My Google Earth (GE) shot shows an ill-defined arid landscape:

 roswell GE1

This broader view doesn’t help much:

 roswell GE2

By the way, the fairly well defined eastward flowing stream isn’t shown at all on StreetAtlas 2013, and GE doesn’t have a stream-naming function.  It does curve north and flow into the Rio Hondo.  You know, my good ol’ StreetAtlas 8.0 that I used to use (but isn’t compatible with Windows 7) had much better stream coverage than my fancy schmancy StreetAtlas 2013.  At this point, I’m hoping that GE upgrades to include stream names.  StreetAtlas seems to be headed in the wrong direction . . .

 To give you a feel for the landscape, here’s a GE StreetView shot on Route 70, about 8 miles north of my landing:

 roswell GE3

So, I landed near the famous Roswell, New Mexico.  It was near Roswell that in 1947 some mysterious wreckage was found.  Weather balloon or UFO?

Here’s a map showing that crash site was well NW of both my landing and the City of Roswell:

roswell ufo site

 Of course, I wanted to tell the story of the Roswell UFO, but there is so much material, I’m overwhelmed:  it’s just too much for a typical ALAD post.  However, there were some recent angles on the story that came out last summer.  Here are two links to the Huffington Post, which covered the story.  The first provides good background and then covers an interview with an ex-CIA agent who says that the UFO at Roswell is for real!  This is worth the read.  Click HERE for the story.

Then, a month later, an ex-Air Force official had even more to say about the incident.  Click HERE for the story.

 The City of Roswell has long cashed in on its reputation as UFO-ville.  Here’s a shot of the UFO Museum (and Research Center) from Destination360.com:

 roswell destination360

And this from ArabianGazette.com of a space-themed McDonald’s in Roswell:

 roswell-ufo-mcdonalds arabian gazette

By the way, the above picture was one of a series of McDonald’s featured in an article entitled “Unique McDonald’s Locations Around the World.”  It’s worth a quick look – click HERE.

A few miles southeast of Roswell not far from the Pecos River is the “Bottomless Lakes” State Park.  Pretty cool area.  Here’s a GE shot of most of the lakes:

 roswell GE4 bottomless

From NewMexicoTech.edu:

The park consists of approximately 1,611 acres and includes eight lakes. Vaqueros (cowboys) who could not find the bottom of the lakes reportedly gave them their name. They would tie two or three ropes together and drop them into the lakes to try to reach the bottom. The ropes were not long enough, so the vaqueros thought the lakes were bottomless! The greenish-blue color created by algae and other aquatic plants also added to the illusion of great depth.

Geologically speaking, each of the Bottomless Lakes is known as a cenote, a feature of limestone terrains (because, as I’m sure you know, limestone is slowly dissolved by water, forming caves).  A cenote is a sinkhole (a collapsed cave) that extends to below the watertable.  Check out the depression that’s just south of the northern-most lake on the GE shot.  It’s called (correctly enough) Lake-in-the-Making which is a sinkhole that has not yet reached the water table.

Here’s a GE shot of the largest lake (Lazy Lagoon), not shown above, which contains three deep sinkholes within the same lake:

roswell lake

 Incidently, this lake was once along the path of the Pecos River, which has since relocated to the west.

Here are a couple of Panoramio pictures of the lakes.  First, this of one of the smaller round lakes from Sousa2:

 bottomless lake panoramio sousa2

And this from Nathaniel Gallop (of Lazy Lagoon, I think):

bottomless panoramio nathaniel gallop

 I’ll close with this shot (also of Lazy Lagoon), from About.com:

 bottomless-lakes about.com

That’ll do it.




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