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Cleopatras needles are two of the twenty-six obelisks in the world today Egypt gave the Cleopatras Needles to US and Britain They are in Victoria Embankment London England and Central Park New York US today The Painted Desert is a beautiful plateau and desert region containing buttes mesas pinnacles hills and valleys Wind and rain formed these by eroding Since there is not much vegetation wind and rain erode hills quickly Erosion studies have shown that steep slopes loose as much as one-forth of soil each year Even though it sounds small geologically it is very rapid It is located in Arizona but some people include it with Utah deserts It begins about thirty miles north of Cameron and goes southeast for about 200 miles The Little Colorado River marks its southern boundary while the Hopi Mesas make up the northern edge The Painted Desert was named The Painted Desert because when early Spanish explores came they called it El Desierto Pintado which translated into The Painted Desert It was called that because of the heat light and dust that changed the colors of the desert The colors that change are oxides of iron hematite aluminum red sediment yellow sediment and bentonite clay The colors change the most is at sunrise or sunset Cacti small-leafed shrubs rattlesnakes kangaroo rats roadrunners ringtails and deer mice live in the arid parts In the soil cyanobacteria lichens mosses green algae microfungi and bacteria live here too Some amphibians such as spadefoot toads are also found in the park Reptiles such as the collared lizard are found in the desert too Painted Desert is a rare desert that changes colors Cleopatras Needles are made of red granite and was made for monuments to the sun god Re by Egyptian people in Ancient Egypt The monuments have endured air pollution One can see that some of the sides are badly damaged by air pollution The hieroglyphics have somewhat faded and
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