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