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Dino Celebrates Hundo: National Monument rolls out new logo, app for centennial

While 100 years might not seem like much to the dinosaurs buried beneath its sandstone hogbacks, it is to Dinosaur National Monument, which celebrates its centennial in 2015.

On Oct. 4, 1915, 80 acres of fossil-rich land were set aside by President Woodrow Wilson as Dinosaur National Monument to protect “an extraordinary deposit of Dinosaurian and other gigantic reptilian remains of the Jurassic period.” The designation came after Carnegie Museum paleontologist Earl Douglass discovered eight vertebraes from an Apatosaurus in 1909. A second proclamation in 1938 further recognized the area’s scenery, geology, ecology and cultural history and expanded the monument to 210,000 acres in the Uintah Mountains of Colorado and Utah.

The Monument recently re-opened and expanded its 7,000-square-foot Quarry Visitor Center and 10,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Visitor Center offers a movie auditorium and exhibits showcasing the area’s homesteading history, petroglyphs, geology, paleontology and rivers.

Located over the Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry, the Exhibit Hall exposes more than 1,500 dinosaur bones as they were deposited 149 million years ago. It also includes three-dimensional, life-size dinosaur fossils and casts, including skeletons of a juvenile Camarasaurus, life-size Allosaurus and the fossilized bones of a Stegosaurus.

“This anniversary is a perfect excuse to remind ourselves why Dinosaur is such a special place and kick start a second century of stewardship,” says Monument Superintendent Mark Foust, adding that special commemoration events and projects will take place this year from April through October.

–Info: http://www.nps.gov/dino, 435-781-7700.

Yampa gets Google Maps Street View

Want to see what it’s like to float the Yampa River through Dinosaur? Google Maps recently unveiled its Street View for the Yampa, marking only the second time it’s ever done so for a river.

Completed with partner American Rivers, the imagery showcases 72 miles of the Yampa through Dinosaur National Monument, from the put-in at Deer Lodge Park to the Split Mountain take-out. Located on a special raft mount capturing a 360-degree panorama with 27 different cameras every few seconds, its Street View Trekker was part of a four-day float on the Yampa last June as part of local nonprofit Friends of the Yampa’s Yampa River Awareness Project.

“By making this imagery of the Yampa in Dinosaur available online, we hope it inspires viewers from around the world to take an active interest in exploring, protecting and participating in this beautiful, intact ecosystem,” says Google Earth Outreach program manager Karin Tuxen-Bettman. View it at http://act.americanrivers.org/page/content/yampa-streetview/.

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