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Whitewater Rafting in Northern New Mexico


Tag: Beaver

The beaver is a large rodent that lives in rivers and lakes. It has oversize front teeth that it uses to cut down willow shrubs and trees. It cuts these trees into shorter sections and uses them to construct dams across streams. Ponds back up behind the dams, and beavers build wooden lodges in these ponds. The lodges have underwater entrances for protection against predators. The beaver also has a large and flat tail, which it smacks against the water surface, to scare away

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The Rio Grande in Rocks

Just downstream of Taos Junction Rapid, on the Rio Grande of northern New Mexico, is a group of basalt rocks that, at high water, are vigorously washed by strong currents. The sediment carried by the high water sculpts and polishes these rocks. To my eye, the sculpting of the rocks model the river’s waves, while the polish on the rocks model the river’s gleam.