Uncommon Places

  • Down the wormhole

    Down the wormhole

    An obscure cave near Steamboat Springs, Colo., contains rare hydrogen sulfide-consuming worms that might hold a key to extraterrestrial life forms.

  • Erratic behavior

    Erratic behavior

    The Mojave Desert's Giant Rock has long been home to UFO buffs and wild parties, but nowadays it’s fallen victim to graffiti and litterbugs.

  • Water across the Divide

    Water across the Divide

    In 2003, Colorado's Grand Ditch was breached, causing flood damage to the Upper Colorado River and to Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • Science under glass

    Science under glass

    Researchers are using Arizona’s Biosphere 2 to study how plant communities affect the movement of water.

  • Dust to dust

    Dust to dust

    The western Colorado town of Uravan no longer exists, but its history of radium and uranium mining lives on.