April 15, 2013
Flying out of Phoenix, I noticed that the mountains there look like somebody dug up a lot of dirt and made a bunch of piles around a flat plain. As the flight progressed, the mountains started to look more like the ones around Salt Lake City, which look like they were waves that turned to stone right as they were cresting.
I like thinking of mountains as big waves that got ossified. It makes more sense to me than thinking that a tectonic plate “crashing” into another one at the whopping pace of one inch per year threw up a big mountain range. I guess we all have our delusions.
I was also tickled to see an impact crater on the Phoenix flight. I’d never seen one before.