Dakota Sandstone

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Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark II
State/Province/Region
AZ
Country
US
Nearest Area
Navajo Rez
Town
Tuba City
Description

The rocks around the rim are soft and crumbly (various thin layers of the Dakota sandstone group), lying on top of thicker bands of the Entrada Formation, with red, white, black and gray the main colors. The top strata have wildly contrasting tints in quick succession - red then white then orange then black, over a vertical distance of just a few feet. The bright red layers are the result of coloration of shale due to partial burning of the underlying coal. The erosional forms are generally similar to many other Southwest parks (such as Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Cathedral Gorge and Red Rock Canyon), but none of these can match the variety of both color and form on show at Coal Mine Canyon.

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Date Added
June 12, 2016
Date Taken
June 12, 2016
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