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Looking NW from North Mountain towards Shaw Butte, Phoenix, Arizona.

   Shaw Butte (2149 ft elevation, 655m) is a familiar sight from Interstate 17 (Black Canyon Freeway) when coming into the Valley of the Sun from the north.  Passing by just to its west means you have arrived in Central Phoenix.
   Mostly rock, it also shows layers of overlying .  This is at the northwestern end of the -- the view is from North Mountain, looking northwest.
   Perched on the promontory about halfway down the left slope in this scene are the ruins of the Cloud Nine Restaurant, an old Phoenix dining spot.
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   See the GeoHistory page if you want to know more about why the landscape looks the way it does, or return to the map of "The Rocks of the Valley of the Sun" for more view locations.
   You can also send this as an E-Postcard to your friends!

  This is view number 1 of 5 scenes from the Shaw Butte area, in Phoenix, Arizona.
  You can read my short GeoStory™ about some prehistoric Hohokam ruins on this butte, in "Rooms with a View".   It is in PDF format, so you can print it off easily.
  There are more GeoStories available, too.

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