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About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in Big Sky, Montana. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.

Aerial Geology: The Dragon’s Back

Northwest New Mexico is one of the driest places in the country – the region gets less than 12 inches of rain a year, most of it during the late summer monsoon season. But despite the aridity, this desert is … Continue reading

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Aerial Geology: Alaska’s Malaspina Glacier

Glaciers are essentially rivers of ice but they can take many shapes depending on the underlying topography. The almost perfectly round Malaspina Glacier in southern Alaska is the largest piedmont glacier in the world – larger than the state of Rhode … Continue reading

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Aerial Geology: Quebec’s Pingualuit Crater

Northern Quebec is laced with over half a million lakes, formed by water pooling on top of the ubiquitous bedrock of the Canadian Shield, the geologic core of North America. One of these lakes, however, stands out from all the … Continue reading

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A Total Eclipse in the Heart of the Winds

Last week, I spent five days in the Wind River Range in Wyoming, one of the most remote and dramatic mountain ranges in North America and one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Add in a once-in-three-lifetimes-event – a … Continue reading

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Lone Peak Love Letter: My Favorite Christmas Tree Laccolith!

Last September, the day the manuscript for my book was due to the publisher, I left my desk and hiked up my backyard peak, running over every memorized word on my way up the mountain. By 11,166 feet, I decided it … Continue reading

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Coming Soon… My First Book!!!

For all my long-time readers out there who have been wondering what I’ve been up to these past few years, I can finally let you in on my big secret! I wrote a book! My first book entitled Aerial Geology: … Continue reading

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Vida’s First Roadtrip: Surfing & Sierras!

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Big Birthday, Big Couloir

Last summer, on one of many hikes up my home mountain – Lone Peak – I crossed over the 11,000-foot summit, picked my way down the precipitous east face and paid my respects at the top of the Big Couloir. The Big, … Continue reading

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Introducing… La Vida (Woo)

Ever since a scraggly feral puppy followed Bowie and I out of the desert, I’ve been a two-dog person. Why have one when you can have two? After saying goodbye to Bowie in November, I was so thankful to have Dio … Continue reading

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Goodbye To All That, 2016

Thank you all so much for the condolences and encouragement. It really does help to hear from those who have been touched by Bowie. This weekend marked 3 weeks without him, the longest I’ve ever gone. I miss him so much. I miss … Continue reading

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