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Hagerman Valley
The sheltered Hagerman Valley, with nearby towns appropriately named (bliss),has a long growing season and abundant water supply, in stark contrast to the mountain and desert country just a few miles north or south of the Snake River Canyon. The Snake River here and to the west near King Hill,contains several "fields, or patches" of "Petrified watermelons," piles of basalt boulders left by the Lake Bonneville Flood.

The Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument contains bones of Miocene horses, camels and other large animals that roamed the shores of Lake Idaho(a lake that occupied much of the Snake River Plain) between 7 and 3 million years ago.

(left) Malad River (big Wood River) in Malad Gorge State Park.View looks downstream (southwest). The narrow canyon is geologically very young, cut in the last 2 million years, (March, 1993).

(top center) View looking north at the Snake River Canyon below Murtaugh,west of Milner Dam. On the north side of the Snake River the road heads due north to beautiful downtown Hazelton. Greenwood is south of Hazelton and north of the Interstate Highway. The South Side Main Canal (Twin Falls Canal) parallels the river. The country in the distance that is not farmed is the scabland east of Eden. The farmland in the distance is near the Hunt relocation site, a World War II Japanese-American concentration camp,along the North Side Main Canal, (July, 1989).

(bottom center) Waterfalls coming from part of the Thousand Springs on the north bank of the Snake River where the Snake River Plain Aquifer empties into the Snake River and feeds America's largest trout farming businesses, (May, 1986).

(right) Waterfall below Interstate 84, Malad Gorge, (March, 1993).


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