IXITLAN Geography IXITLAN Map Activity Rivers/Lakes: Amazon R, Columbia R, Mississippi R, Mackenzie R, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario Mountains: Andes, Rockies, Appalachians Deserts: Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran, Atacama
Stunning part of Planet Earth, over 1,000 miles in length, the Highlands stretch from southern Venezuela across the northern edge of South America to the tip of Brazil.
Vast plateau, one marked by deep gorges, tropical rain forests, numerous rivers and waterfalls
Famed for the highest waterfall in the world (Angel Falls) at 3,212 ft (979m) high.GUIANA HIGHLANDS
the largest tropical rain forest in the world, and running through its heart is the Amazon River, and its more than 1,000 tributaries, seven of them more than 1,000 miles in length.
Rising high in the Andes, the river's network irrigates almost half of the continent, and in terms of volume of water discharged into an ocean... it's the largest in the world.
Honu the Highlands stretch from southern Venezuela across the northern edge of South America to the tip of Brazil.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F1Epw4rOK8 lightening http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1dJ0_daaTkpanoramic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOtNGFDM-c8
Is a important landmark and religious site for the Plains Indians tribes
Bear Butte is called Mato Paha, or Bear Mountain, by the Lakota
To the Cheyenne, it is Noahvose, the place where Maheo (God) imparted to Sweet Medicine the knowledge from which the Cheyenne derive their religious, political, social, and economic customs.
The mountain is sacred to many indigenous peoples, who make pilgrimages to leave prayer cloths and bundles tied to the branches of the trees along the mountain’s flanks. Other offerings are often left at the top of the mountain. The site is associated with various religious ceremonies throughout the year. The mountain is a place of prayer, meditation, and peace.
White in the east represents White-Shell Woman; center of a
Blue in the south represents Turquoise Woman;
Yellow to the west represents Abalone Woman;
and Black to the north represents Jet Black Woman.
Mount Blanca (Tsisnaasjini' - Dawn or White Shell Mountain) center of a Sacred Mountain of the Eastnear Alamosa in San Luis Valley, Colorado
Mount Taylor (Tsoodzil - Blue Bead or Turquoise Mountain) center of a Sacred Mountain of the Southnorth of Laguna, New Mexico
San Francisco Peaks (Doko'oosliid - Abalone Shell Mountain) center of a Sacred Mountain of the Westnear Flagstaff, Arizona
Mount Hesperus Dibé Nitsaa (Big Mountain Sheep) - Obsidian MountainSacred Mountain of the NorthLa Plata Mountains, Colorado
Serpent Mound is the largest and finest serpent mound in the United States.
Nearly a quarter of a mile long, Serpent Mound represents an uncoiling serpent. The head of the serpent is aligned to the summer solstice sunset and the coils also point to the winter solstice sunrise and the equinox sunrise.
The Niagara Falls, or Nee-ah-gah-rah (Thundering Waters) are the most sacred waters of the Iroquois people, and a focus of many of their legends and myths.
For centuries, the Iroquois believed that the sound of the waterfall was the voice of the mighty spirit of the waters. Until the mid 18th century, they sought the favor of the Water Spirit by sacrificing a maiden to the Falls each year - sending her in a white canoe decorated with fruits and flowers over the brink of the falls. To be sacrificed was the greatest honor, and insured special gifts and happy hunting grounds in the afterlife.Niagarahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKm8Rb7-5Jc
The ruin is part of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve and is the only region of the world that is declared by UNESCO as both Cultural and Natural Patrimony of Humanity.
The 10 square mile ruin features 3, 000 temples, shrines, ceremonial platforms, residences, ball courts, terraces, causeways and plazas.