Landscape Gallery - Studio 47.60° North

Sedimentary Hill, Petrified Forest National Park

The noonday sun reveals the complex history of the Blue Mesa region of Petrified Forest National Park.

DETAIL:
Unlike like the fossilized wood encased in this land that crystalizes into agates, the different colored soils of Blue Mesa reveals itself as a portrait in layers. A journal of the sediment cycles that built up the earth layer-by- layer. The material that forms these layers hints at their chemistry; Iron Oxides appear red, orange and yellow. Carbon is black and the greens and blues---oxidation of the other two mixed with trace amounts of copper and other elements.

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