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@dinosaurnps photo Why were dinosaurs so big???
Why were dinosaurs so big??? When you see the bones in the Quarry Exhibit Hall, it is hard not to wonder about their massive size! Dinosaurs were some of the largest animals that ever lived, and there are many theories about why they were so large. Here are some ideas: - Available vegetation. Temperatures and atmospheric conditions fueled lush plant growth, and with more to eat, dinos reached giant sizes. - Self defense. It would have been hard for even large predators to attack a dinosaurs like Dipolocus, who may have been up to 89 feet long and between 10-15 tons. - Body temperature. While there is a complex debate over whether dinos were cold or warm-blooded, one theory is that large sized dinosaurs were cold-blooded and used their large sizes to maintain internal temperatures. It's likely a combination of these theories, and maybe others that have not been developed yet! Further research may provide additional answers to this seemingly simple question. Thanks to @josep_pep for the photo and sense of scale! #dinosaurnps #dinosaurnationalmonument #dinosaurs #giants #scale #science #mystery
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@uintatrekker photo The Peaks, Plateaus and
The Peaks, Plateaus and Canyons Association (PPCA) was kind enough to include my photo of the Yampa River cutting its way through Dinosaur National Monument in its publication of the book “Flying Home, The Colorado Plateau from Above and Below” by Craig Childs. If you have an interest in the landscapes of the Colorado Plateau, I highly recommend it. https://zionpark.org/product/flying-home/ #yampariver #dinosaurnationalmonument #colorado #coloradoplateau #riverrun #utah #usinterior #riverrunning #coloradogram #outtherecolorado #utahgram #igutah #dinosaurnps #coloradolive #coloradophotography #visitdinosaurland #visitcolorado #coloradoactivities #optoutside #recreationgov #visitutah #colorfulcolorado #westbysouthwest #igsouthwest
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@dinosaurnps photo "We float around the long
"We float around the long rock and enter another canyon. The walls are high and vertical, the canyon is narrow and the river fills the whole space below... All this volume of water, confined, as it is, in a narrow channel and rushing with great velocity, is set eddying and spinning in whirlpools by projecting rocks and short curves, and the waters waltz their way their way through the canyon, making their own rippling, rushing, roaring music." - Major John Wesley Powell, June 21,1869. The Green River rushing through Whirlpool Canyon from along the Harpers Corner trail just makes you pause and listen to the music. 😍 #dinosaurnps #dinosaurnationalmonument #riverthunder #peaceful #rivers #canyons #findyourpark
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@dinosaurnps photo "Dwell on the beauty of life.
"Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them." - Marcus Aurelius It's not hard to imagine running with the stars in this amazing photo by @kevinmcdowell87 . The last several nights have been clear and cold, but make beautiful night skies easier to see! 🌠💫🌟 #dinosaurnps
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@uintatrekker photo Harpers Corner in
Harpers Corner in #dinosaurnationalmonument is apparently named after a rancher who used the promontory as a natural corral, so that he only had to fence in one side. Cheap ass! #vernalutah #utah #colorado #findyourpark #usinterior #uintahbasin #visitvernal #visitdinosaurland #greenriver #yampariver #riverrunning #dinosaurnps #nationalparkservice #nationalparkgeek #utahgram #coloradogram #outtherecolorado #coloradolive #coloradophotography #colorado_creative #visitcolorado #visitutah #colorfulcolorado #recreationgov #optoutside #coloradoactivities #geology Yes, that’s the Green River’s natural color after heavy rains flushed lots of red sediment down stream.
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@bobbacita photo The different rock colors and
The different rock colors and level amaze me especially when you realize how some of these level are at a crazy angle. They especially loved the green and purple levels mixed in the orange and red. We pretty much slid down this fragile trail.. once I pulled them and Dad off the mountain. This after M said, "I don't really care about rocks..." and then they tested strengths, writing, colors, levels... faker. At the end of the road was a 1918 cabin which led to a discussion of survival for this divorced woman out on her own in the canyon... and a chilly picnic. A different type of beautiful landscape that makes me wish I knew geology... @adambinco needs to take us rock hounding! #dinosaurnps #homeschool #wildexplorersclub
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@bobbacita photo First for me! The first
First for me! The first questions was, "What's a petroglyph?" And after the first, the big kids were off running down the trail to see who could find the next. And even finding them as we went further down the road at #dinosaurnps #homeschoolrocks
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@bobbacita photo #juniorranger at #dinosaurnps
#juniorranger at #dinosaurnps for our first national park on the extended drive home. I remember this from my childhood, but it's even more impressive understanding as a grown up. I didn't understand that this wall of dinosaurs used to be a flat river bed which was raised during land changes to tower above us. Armed with the drawn out bone map, we picked out different bones and discussed all things dinosaur! Did I mention this usually overly crowded park was ours alone today?! Off season travel. We hung out in the Dino quarry at least an hour as the kids chatted up the ranger, worked on their booklets, and talked it all through. Our ranger said, "I love questioning minds!" Fun learning.
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@alanradecki photo We were hiking along the
We were hiking along the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument when this robber fly and his grasshopper lunch came buzzing right past my head and landed on a nearby sandstone outcropping...it was like he was saying, here I am, take my picture... (day 186 of #365photos)#nikon #nikond7000 #robberfly #grasshopper #insects #hike #hiking #adventuring #dinosaurnps #greenriver #utah #macro #macroclique #ig_bestmacros #macro_brilliance #top_macro #macro_freaks #pocket_macro #igmw_macro #sensational_macro #macroforall
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@uintatrekker photo Nothing like some fall fly
Nothing like some fall fly fishing. One usually doesn’t think of trout when talking about #dinosaurnationalmonumet but Jones Hole is top notch. And I swear I didn’t put the leaves in there for the photo. #uintahcounty #dinosaurnps #vernalutah #visitvernal #visitdinosaurland #flyfishing #trout #dinosaurnationalmonument #flyfishingphotography #flyfishingjunkie #utahflyfishing #troutbum #rainbowtrout #onthefly #utahonthefly
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