The scientific tourist #108 — the painted desert

Today’s image comes to you from the Painted Desert in northern Arizona in the U.S.:

The Painted Desert is a swath of badlands covering over 93,000 acres, and stretching over 160 miles in length. It was given its popular name by the colonial spanish, who were impressed by the colors of the soil and rocks here — these colors coming courtesy of a variety of mineral deposits laid down hundreds of millions of years ago. At the time, much of this land was under water.

BTW, if you really want to appreciate this image, you need to see it large.

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