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    Sunday, May 21, 2006

     

    NATURE'S MASTERFUL SCULPTURES- Sandstone;

    COCONINO SANDSTONE

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    Coconino Sandstone at the Chute of Muddy Creek, Utah
    Coconino Sandstone at the Chute of Muddy Creek, Utah

    Coconino Sandstone is a geologic formation that spreads across the Colorado Plateau province of the United States, including northern Arizona, northwest Colorado, Nevada, and Utah.

    This rock formation is particularly prominent in southeastern Utah, where it can be seen in a number of national parks and monuments, including Zion National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, the San Rafael Swell, and Canyonlands National Park. It is also present in the Grand Canyon, where it is visible as a prominent white cliff forming layer. Coconino sandstone frequently appears just below the Kaibab Limestone or the Toroweap layer. Coconino layers are typically buff to white in color, argued by conventional geologists to be the remnants of eolian (wind-deposited) sand dunes deposited approximately 260 million years ago (McKee 1979)

    Paleogeography
    Tracing the Navajo sandstone

    The famous red and yellow cliffs of Zion National Park in Utah expose thousands of feet of early Jurassic Navajo sandstone, one of the largest wind-deposited formations in the geologic record. The vast sand sea from which the sandstone hardened is estimated to have once covered up to 400,000 square kilometers, an area the size of California.

    While the direction of cross bedding within the ancient dunes tells geologists how the sediment arrived at the Navajo formation — carried on winds from the north-northwest — researchers still do not know where the sediment originated. Identifying the source of sedimentary rocks is important for reconstructing ancient landscapes.

    The thick Navajo sandstone, pictured here in Zion National Park, is one of the largest wind-deposited formations in the geologic record. Geologists have devised a new way to determine the origin of such sedimentary rocks. Photo by Mark Brandon.


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    Sandstone, Lower Antelope Canyon, ArizonaArizona
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    Eroded and cross-bedded Navajo Sandstone strata, Colorado Plateau, Southwest USA.
    Eroded and cross-bedded Navajo Sandstone strata, Colorado Plateau, Southwest USA.

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    Eroded sandstone-Petra
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    Sandstone Wall. Petra, Jordan

    Heavily eroded sandstone at Petra

    Exploring the ancient wonders of Jordan


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    Sandstone Strata - Stadtroda, Germany
    Sandstone Landscape - Arches National Park
    WITH MOVING WATER and WIND, NATURE SCULPTS THE LIVING ROCK INTO GRACEFUL SHAPES

    Eroded sandstone reflects in the force that shaped it.






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    Sandstone, banded and eroded,
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    Local Sandstone in Central Victoria, Australia.



    There are some beautiful ‘natural sculptures’ in this sandstone-rich area.
    wind eroded sandstone

    wind eroded sandstone

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    Valley of Fire, Nevada

    The view is about 30' down into a water-channeled draw.

    Valley of Fire, Nevada - Beehives

    Sandstone eroded into the shape of a beehive.

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    Eroded sandstone


    Eroded sandstone
    Eroded sandstone
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    This is sandstone near a small beach . The total length of this area of rock is about 8 metres by about 3. The softer sandstone is eroded away first and then the waves and heavy winds smooth out the holes. You can clearly see the lovely grain in the rock, which is the original layers of sand and sediment compacted into rock over millions of years. The Central Coast area in NSW Australia has some of the most beautiful sandstone in the world, and there are several large quarries in areas up on the hillsides.

    Uluru, Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory , Australia


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    sinai wind-eroded sandstone with a smiling person for scale


    Tenacious Life





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    A tumbleweed lies lodged in Upper Antelope Canyon, in Antelope Canyon Navajo Tribal Park outside of Page, Arizona.
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    Eroded Sandstone - Blue Mountains


    Eroded Sandstone




    Looking up at a "Toadstool" formation

    Eroded sandstone, southern Utah
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    The 3 Gossipers



    Three Sisters
    Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales

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    Sandstone eroded by wind and sea

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    Eroded sandstone columns.






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    Like the Sand Worms in Hebert's "Dune", a Water Worm rises from the sea.




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    'Gate' eroded through a sandstone outcrop at Timna Park, Negev
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    The Wash Of The Years

    A sand-blasted sandstone rock stands in the White Desert of Egypt's Western Desert. This area of the desert is covered in large unusually-shaped rocks like this.

    Lip On The Edge Of Creation

    Looking over the plain of the White Desert in Egypt's Western Desert, past a couple of sand-weathered sandstone formations.

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    Eroded Sandstone, Australia
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    Sandstone cliff at Montara State Beach, California, USA. Over the years the forces of nature carved such wonderful shapes under a beach-side cliff.

    The Galleries on Gabriola are probably the most famous examples of this, but these formations can be found on many of the gulf island. (For example - Galiano)

    Never knew wave action would make sandstone look like that.

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    A pinnacle of eroded sandstone, western Gilf Kebir transpixel
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    A pinnacle of eroded sandstone, western Gilf Kebir

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    sandstone and iron, eroded

    liesegange bands
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    Swirls

    Wind and water has eroded the soft sandstone.

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    4. Phu Pha Thoep, Mukdahan National Park, Mukdahan Province
    (642 km northeastern of Bangkok)
    This group of amazing natural sandstone sculptures is the creation of water and wind that have eroded the rocks for hundreds of millions of years. Their different strange appearances line up on a cliff as if to flaunt their "unseen" aspect. The strange shapes comes in figures like a crocodile, a crown, a Chinese-style roof and a UFO.

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    Mushroom rock near Page. Arizona, USA Capitol Reef section of the Waterpocket fold from Sunset Point, sunset. Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA. Yucca, Fiery Furnace, and La Sal Mountains, dusk. Arches National Park, Utah, USA. Surprise canyon. Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA. Holes in sandstone wall near Navajo Arch. Arches National Park, Utah, USA. Pine and hoodoos near Canyon View, early morning. Zion National Park, Utah, USA. Floor of canyon with cottonwoods in fall colors and White House ruins. Canyon de Chelly  National Monument, Arizona, USA High cliffs. Red Rock Canyon, Nevada, USA Canyon walls near Angel's landing. Zion National Park, Utah, USA. Sandstone Swirls and Lake Powell, Glenn Canyon National Recreation Area, morning. Arizona, USA Hickman Bridge, mid-day. Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA. Creek and Frozen waterfall, Riffle Canyon. Colorado, USA The Streaked wall seen from Canyon Overlook,  morning. Zion National Park, Utah, USA. Wildflowers and Waterpocket fold, afternoon. Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA. The Pulpit, Zion Canyon. Zion National Park, Utah, USA. Teardrop Arch. Monument Valley Tribal Park, Navajo Nation, Arizona and Utah, USA Strike Valley overlook view, late afternoon. Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA. Indian Paintbrush and sandstone cliffs. Colorado, USA Wall Street, the Narrows. Zion National Park, Utah, USA. Sandstone towers, Chesler Park. Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA.



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    PATAGONIA'S MARBLE GLACIERS
    Marble

    Marble is a metamorphic rock resulting from the metamorphism of limestone, composed mostly of calcite (a crystalline form of calcium carbonate, CaCO3). The original source is limestone (the seabed deposition calcium carbonate in the form of microscopic animal skeletons) or similar materials. Limestone is formed when the limestone is transformed by heat and pressure after being overlain by other materials.


    The magnificience of Patagonia's Marble Glaciers . Wonderful shapes carved by nature.


    Marble Caverns At Lago Carrera

    Looking from one cavern to the next one.

    Marble Cavern Exterior



    Detail Of The Marble


    Marble Cavern Up Close


    Marble Underwater


    More Underwater Marble


    Marble Protruding From Water

    Marble With Veins Protruding


    More Marble Coming Out Of Water

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    PATAGONIA'S ICEBERGS AND GLACIERS


    Deep Blue Iceberg

    Iceberg With Mountains Behind

    Glacier Grey

    Glacier Grey And Iceberg

    Dark Blue Iceberg

    Iceberg With Veins Of Soil

    Lago Grey And Glacier Grey

    This was taken from the hotel. The glacier
    has receded 17 km. in the last 100 years.

    Glacier Grey And Mountain

    Glacier Grey Up Close

    Glacier Grey With Nunatak

    A nunatak is a bedrock knob that rises
    above the surrounding glaciated area.


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