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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Montezuma's Well

This is a huge artesian limestone pool that has been used my man for at least fifteen centuries. 

Around the warm water (75F) are various old habitats including these old cliff dwellings.

The water has a natural drain which goes into this creek on the other side of a cliff. The tree rising up from the creek bed is an Arizona Sycamore. Take a look at this view of it. (you can click on any picture to enlarge it)
 Old dwelling where the pool empties through the cliff. The black rock on the ceiling is from ages of cooking fire in the structure.
 There was a huge pueblo on the cliff but it was abandoned around 1300 a.d.
Now, note the size of the Arizona Sycamore. It comes out at an angle from the cliff and turns skyward.

The cliff people had channelled  the water coming out of the pool into an irrigation system. This is natural watercress growing on the cliff.

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