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   This image was taken by ADEQ's webcam on the night of August 13, 2014 (see below for current image and explanation).  Note the date and time stamp.  The view is looking to the east, over Mesa and Apache Junction.
   I have not doctored or altered this image in any way, and have no idea what these lights are, or could be.
   This picture is one instantaneous image, not a sequence of shots.  These are multiple objects.  Airplanes or helicopters at night have more than just one red running light showing, especially over a metropolitan area, near Phoenix's airport.  Also, note that they are oblong in shape.
   The area in the image is not over any Air Force bombing range, and in fact, is quite populated, up until the edge of the Superstition Wilderness area, east of Apache Junction
   If anyone has seen these lights in person, I would like to hear from you.  I was indoors at the time, and have only seen them in this image, by accident.
   --- Richard Allen    [email:]

   View courtesy of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, at Phoenix Visibility Web Cameras.


The Superstition Mountains
and the Landscape of Central Arizona

"There are mountains which are just mountains and
there are mountains with personality."  --- Lama Anagarika Govinda

See Interactive Map Below.  Clickable names on the Map open views.

   Rising just to the east of the Phoenix metropolitan area is one of the most spectacular ranges in central Arizona, or in the United States, for that matter -- the Superstition Mountains.
   A wilderness of rugged, surrealistic beauty, these cactus-strewn mountains are inhospitable and desolate, as well as the setting for one of the American West's lingering and most endearing legends -- that of the Lost Dutchman's Gold.
   But there is more in this region than just the Superstitions.  The jagged skyline of Four Peaks in the Mazatzal Mountains produces some of the finest Amethyst in the world.
   The string of lakes in the golden chasm of the Salt River Gorge offers cooling views of deep blue waters.
  And the Apache Trail is one of the Phoenix area's most scenic day-drives.  On the way back to town, you can take in the giant copper mines of the Globe and Miami region.
   Explore the map below!  Click on colored names for some great views, geological information, and recommendations for the most scenic settings and landscapes.  Each name connects you to a scene or series of scenes.  Find out why the Phoenix area is such .

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   There are currently 30 different views, woven together into a virtual tour of the Superstition Mountains area.   More new pictures are being added all the time.
   The derivation of the name "Superstition" is uncertain.  One version has it originating with the Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in the Sixteenth Century.
   The Apache Indians in the area had warned him about disturbing the abode of the spirits, and indeed, many have died in their attempts to find rumored riches within the craggy canyons there.

Location map for the Superstition Mountains, the Mazatzal Mountains, and the Sierra Ancha.
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<<  Explore the Valley of the Sun Map, just to the west.

Yellow areas are valleys in the Superstition and Mazatzal Mountains.
The Superstition Mountains and Mazatzal Mountains of Central Arizona.
Click this image for Apache Junction, Arizona weather conditions.

   The area shown above measures about 50 miles (80 km) West
to East, by 40 miles (64km) North to South, and encompasses approximately 2000 square miles (5200 km).

   <<  Explore the Valley of the Sun Map, just to the west.

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by Richard Allen.  All rights reserved.

   Looking east (current image, usually updated every 15 minutes), from the Mesa area. The Superstition Mountains are the highest ones, just right of center. To their left, and slightly closer, are the Goldfield Mountains.
   View courtesy of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, at Phoenix Visibility Web Cameras.

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