Planetary Geology on Earth: Echo Amphitheater — Geocache of the Week

by hzoi
New Mexico, United States
N 36° 21.580′ W 106° 31.716′

Today’s featured EarthCache takes us to New Mexico and Mars, as part of the Planetary Geology on Earth Series. New Mexico’s “Land of Enchantment” moniker is well deserved for its breathtaking beauty on a grand scale. The area features stunning desert landscapes and impressive geological features like tall sandstone hoodoos, volcanic calderas, and lava plugs. Add to that bubbling hot springs, magnificent deep river gorges, the world-renowned Carlsbad Caverns full of spectacular formations and the largest cave room in North America, and you’re sure to feel enchanted too.   

Today we feature another fascinating EarthCache as our Geocache of the Week, Planetary Geology on Earth: Echo Amphitheater (GC652YV).

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Experience geology on Mars and other planets without leaving Earth

In early December as the Perseverance Rover reached the halfway point on its journey to Mars, we introduced a new twist to EarthCaching, Planetary Geology on Earth. These EarthCaches take visitors to geological features on Earth that also exist on other planets. Since then, EarthCaches in this series have been appearing all over the world!

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Dr. McCubbin posing with a coastal view while geocaching,

Episode 48: Geocaching on Mars – Interview with Dr. Francis McCubbin

NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover will soon land in Jezero Crater on Mars, along with the first interplanetary trackable! Longtime geocacher Dr. Francis McCubbin played a huge role in this geocaching milestone. In this episode, Dr. McCubbin shares details about the project.

Read more about Dr. McCubbin in the Geocaching Blog.

You can listen to the episode via this page, or on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. If you use an aggregator to subscribe to podcasts, you can access the RSS feed here.

A full transcript is available here.