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New Mexico Lesson, Page 3

Santa Fe - Capital of New Mexico

Santa Fe

  • New Mexico's state capital is Santa Fe. Santa Fe means holy faith in Spanish.

  • More than 72,000 people lived in the city (2008). It is the fourth most populated city in the state.

  • Pueblo Indian villages used to be located in the area.


Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico.

  • A cavern is a large cave or hole in the ground.

  • Seventeen types of bats live in the caverns.


Very Large Array

Very Large Array

  • Very Large Array has 27 radio antennas with dishes that are 82 feet (25 meters) wide.

  • Scientists at VLA study objects in outer space, such as planets, stars, and galaxies.

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