The Celebes Sea

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He wore a threegallon hat. His paunch at the time was under control. The interstate trail was more than a little wild then, but manifestly so was he. The red rock is of so much beauty there, and competence, that people collect it for building material, banging it free from the shattered roadcuts and loading it into pickups, much as ranchers did when they first came to the Laramie Plains and ascended the mountains in wagons and zakelijke energie collected the rock to build their homes. It is a porous and permeable, fine-grained, hard, brittle sandstone; and because it rests on impermeable granite water moves through it downhill. Released in a fault zone at the bottom, the water leaps to the surface in artesian fountains-the springs that established Laramie. The bright-red roadcuts, ten and twenty metres high, were capped with a buff-colored limestone, which had been deposited in tropical waters on top of the Pennsylvanian sand. After a mountain range rises under layers of flat-lying rock and bends them upward until they all but stand on end, the slopes of the eroding mountains will descend more gently than the dip of the molested strata. And so, as we plunged down Telephone Canyon, the interstate was tilting less than the rock of the roadcuts, and the red sandstone yielded gradually, interstitially, to the younger limestones, until the sandstone was gone altogether and zakelijke energie vergelijken we were moving through the floor of an ocean. It was full of crinoids, brachiopods, and algal buttons, which had lived near the equator in a place like the Bismarck Archipelago or an arm of the Celebes Sea.
The canyon opened to the plains-a broad dry sea of the interior Rockies-and soon we were on Grand Avenue, Laramie, passing the University of Wyoming, whose buff buildings on wide soft lawns could never be said to resemble roadcuts, notwithstanding the crinoids in their walls, the brachiopods and algal buttons. We passed Love’s home, on Eleventh Street, and his office on the campus, adjacent to a life-size two-story sculpture of Tyrannosaurus rex, the toughest-looking critter in the history of the earth, a native, needless to say, of Wyoming.