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Posted By: Bob Harris, 05-21-2015, 09:40 PM

of the Painted Desert. If you're ever in the area this is a very special place to visit. Photos taken after a rainstorm and the light seemed to be just right to bring out the colors.

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05-23-2015, 10:44 PM   #16
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one of those things that is better seen in person than photographed, thanks for taking a look .

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I'm Sure it Would be Bob , But I can't take that away from you which is what you have skillfully captured = "The amazing landscape"

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this was once an ancient seabed from what I understand, millions of years of stacked sediment. GeoJerry could explain this better than I.
Bob, the colors in sandstones are generally a function of the type of iron oxides present in the original sediments. You can have different oxides like magnetite (Fe3O4), hematite (Fe2O3), or goethite (FeOOH) among many, and these different oxides tend to generate their own brand of color, so depending on the oxide concentrations (can be mixtures), temperatures, etc, you get different colors. Generally speaking, warm colors, like the reddish sandstones, indicate non-marine environments, like alluvial or river deposits where iron oxides form a rust red color. The darker colors (especially grays and greens) tend to be of marine origin, deposited below sea level under different oxidizing conditions. The original layer geometry is often obscured in canyons like this, where rock debris erodes off higher surfaces and coats the walls of the canyons.
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Great. Do you know what makes the colours Bob ? guess it would be minerals of some sort?
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Bob, the colors in sandstones are generally a function of the type of iron oxides present in the original sediments. You can have different oxides like magnetite (Fe3O4), hematite (Fe2O3), or goethite (FeOOH) among many, and these different oxides tend to generate their own brand of color, so depending on the oxide concentrations (can be mixtures), temperatures, etc, you get different colors. Generally speaking, warm colors, like the reddish sandstones, indicate non-marine environments, like alluvial or river deposits where iron oxides form a rust red color. The darker colors (especially grays and greens) tend to be of marine origin, deposited below sea level under different oxidizing conditions. The original layer geometry is often obscured in canyons like this, where rock debris erodes off higher surfaces and coats the walls of the canyons.
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The purple color may be amethyst deposits. Seems to me the coloration may just be varying types of quartz family minerals.
and here is the answer folks, expertly described by Jerry. Thanks so much Jerry for taking the time to answer, we all learn from your knowledge.
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Hola,precioso colorido

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Thankyou Bob. Thankyou GeoJerry.
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one of those things that is better seen in person than photographed, thanks for taking a look .

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I'm Sure it Would be Bob , But I can't take that away from you which is what you have skillfully captured = "The amazing landscape"
your kind words are much appreciated, nature gives us so much to photograph.
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magical palette ... beautiful capture bob........ dave m
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Hola,precioso colorido
yes, beautiful colors in this area. Welcome to PF.

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Very nice and intersting!
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Fantastic!
a wonderful place to visit and explore, thank you for taking a look.

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magical palette ... beautiful capture bob........ dave m
thanks Dave, always appreciated.

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Flowing colours.
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What a nice landscape. It's beautiful! (It does look like the hills are covered in mold!)
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Looks like something Rod Serling might have painted Bob.A great capture.--charliezap
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An exceptional composition, old buddy.

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Stunning my friend , great light.
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Beautiful pallet of colors.
thanks everyone, glad you enjoyed this view. The Painted Desert NP is near Holbrook AZ and not associated with this site and is also a great place to visit as the Petrified Forest is within the same park. If you get a chance Death Valley has similar landscapes and great colors when the light is right. Seeing locations like this makes me wonder what the pioneers must of thought when traveling West.
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Thankyou Bob. Thankyou GeoJerry.
you're sure welcome Grant, Jerry has really helped explaining different formations to me on our travels, our own PF Geologist.
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Bob, this one is special. The depth and colors are out of this world.
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Has a 3-d feel to it.
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Bob, this one is special. The depth and colors are out of this world.
thanks so much for the kind review Remco, glad you enjoy the view.

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Has a 3-d feel to it.
I thought so too with the different colors and depths of the canyon, it gives that feel.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bob Harris Quote
of the Painted Desert. If you're ever in the area this is a very special place to visit. Photos taken after a rainstorm and the light seemed to be just right to bring out the colors.
It certainly was!
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