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Arizona's Amazing "Iron Oxide" Curtain

 
Arizona\'s Amazing "Iron Oxide" Curtain

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Object Title: Arizona's Amazing "Iron Oxide" Curtain

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Page By: lcarreau

Created/Edited: Feb 25, 2009 / Mar 30, 2011

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So, why are the rocks red?

Abutting the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau, these landforms are red simply due to RUST.
Originating from the ancestral Rocky Mountains, a very thin layer of oxidized iron coats each grain of quartz sand in these
colorful sandstone formations surrounding Sedona, Arizona.

Somebody Spoke And I Went Into A Dream
Courthouse Butte abuts the Colorado Plateau

Dancer ... Crossing The Sky
Clouds over Cathedral Rock




Over time, Eye Candy becomes very sandy!

Just a very small amount of iron oxide can produce vivid colors in soils and
rocks.
Although RED is the most common color, not all iron oxides are red.
Some are brown, yellow, black or even green - like some person's eyes.

Crumby and easily erodible, the formations you see here will eventually
SURRENDER to the sands of time.

WARNING ... WHILE these blazing rock images may resemble FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN,

rest assured they can SHATTER like a fragile ... (yet beautiful) ... HEART OF GLASS!!!

Bell Rock s Spire Aspires The Spirit In Me
Bell Rock from the North

<i>Vertigo</i>
The Flying Buttress

Rust Never Sleeps...

"Where the vulture glides descending,
On an asphalt highway bending,
Through libraries and museums, galaxies and stars.
Down the windy halls of friendship,
To the rose clipped by the bullwhip;
The motel for lost companions,
Waits with heated pool and bar.

But me I'm not stopping there,
Got my own row left to hoe.
Just another line in the field of time ..."

Neil Young (from Rust Never Sleeps) - 1979

Sandstone Towers After The Storm
Juniper Woodland south of Sedona
The stage is set for the formation of a natural arch near the Soldier Pass Trail!
The stage is set for the formation of a natural arch near the Soldier Pass Trail.

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cp0915I love Sedona

cp0915

Voted 10/10

Bagged quite a few peaks there too (though not as many as Andinistaloco has). Great pictures!
Posted Feb 25, 2009 1:38 pm

lcarreauRe: I love Sedona

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Yes, I know you guys and gals have been out here bagging peaks.

I was attempting to put an "artistic" spin on the place. From now
on, I'll try my best to gather beta on these remarkable landforms.

Believe me, these red formations are really habit-forming!!
(I still haven't even touched the surface, yet!)
Posted Feb 25, 2009 1:57 pm

banzai.barbarayummy

Voted 10/10

thanks Larry for these "eye's candies". the RED ones are my favorite...I mean favOUrite...I mean...nevermind.
;-)
b.
Posted Feb 25, 2009 3:11 pm

lcarreauRe: yummy

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

No problem, woman of the caves! Interesting ... with all these
"eye's candies," I forgot to check and see if there were any caves.

How about a 'sinkhole?' Does a sinkhole qualify as being a cave?

RED is also my favourite! Red is a colour that always has a
sense of danger attached to it, and some say DANGER is what keeps
the old ticker (heart) healthy and alive and pounding! :-))
Posted Feb 25, 2009 3:41 pm

lcarreauRe: Does a sinkhole qualify as being a cave?

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Hey Barbara, thanks for the links! I have a better understanding
of what caves, dolines and sinkholes are now.

As far as I know, we have no "dolines" in Arizona. We do have a
sinkhole not too far from where I live, but it's a "sandstone
sinkhole
." It's a cavernous void in the Earth that extends 50 feet downward and more than 100 feet across.

Besides its size, it has a most "curios" appearance! A 20' by 40'
"white wall" lines the north face of the sinkhole, almost as if
concrete had been poured and whitewashed.

Like other sinkholes, this one formed when a subsurface void
was created from minerals that were dissolved and washed away by the action of a subterranean stream.

I promise that I will take some photos of it. Please, don't worry
about claiming ignorance - we all have questions regarding this amazing planet Earth that we inhabit. I mean ...

even Mister Al Gore had to start somewhere, right??? : ))))

(Take care, woman of the caves! !)
Posted Feb 26, 2009 8:59 pm

Scott WesemannNice pics

Scott Wesemann

Voted 10/10

Very cool. Good job.
Posted Feb 26, 2009 4:10 pm

lcarreauRe: Nice pics

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

THANKS - it's not Lone Peak, the Pheifferhorn or Mount Olympus,
but guess it's colorful enough to be noticed here on SP.
Posted Feb 26, 2009 4:55 pm

mstenderAmazing Colors!

mstender

Voted 10/10

Hey lcarreau, thanks for this really cool page. The colors on the pictures are just amazing. My favorite is the "Court of Crimson King" picture. Do you think I am biased because it is my favorite band? Anyway, I'll pop in the CD in my car tomorrow, crank it and then drive around thinking on your picture. GREAT JOB!
Matt

Posted Feb 28, 2009 9:41 pm

lcarreauRe: Amazing Colors!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Hello, Matt:

No, I don't believe that anybody is biased on Summitpost! : )))

It was a free country, the last time I checked! Pop in whatever
you want - I just figured that the lyrics matched the photograph
of Courthouse Butte here in AZ.

At the risk of sounding modest, I just look at myself as the man
holding the camera. Nature and King Crimson does the rest !!!

Thanks, Matt ... and take care of yourself. -Larry
Posted Mar 1, 2009 9:47 am

JDrakeGood stuff!

JDrake

Voted 10/10

Enjoyed these pics a lot.
Posted Mar 8, 2009 12:03 am

lcarreauRe: Good stuff!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Thanks, Jim! Please give my regards to Dean; I haven't heard from him in awhile. My wife & I are planning a trip to Utah in May.
Posted Mar 8, 2009 10:38 am

lcarreauRe: Wonderful...

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

What? For a second there, I thought you were thinking about
selling your wife.

Hold on - let me remove my sunglasses. Okay, that's better !!!
: ))))))))
Posted Mar 23, 2009 10:06 pm

Andinistalocovery nice!

Andinistaloco

Voted 10/10

Larry, these are some great pictures of Sedona. I had a good time checking them out and remembering hikes I've taken there, spires climbed, and the like. Even more interesting were the different names we've heard for the formations - for example, The Sphinx for Morning Glory spire! I'm sure I'll catch you down there some day - if I haven't already.
Posted Oct 22, 2009 10:17 pm

lcarreauRe: Thank you...

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Yes, already learned where Morning Glory spire, Gibraltar Rock and
Summit Block Rock are located.

I still need to visit Earth Angel and Queen Victoria.

Who am I to argue, but it DOES resemble The Sphinx!
For cryin' out loud ... the THING even winked at me !!! !

: )))
Posted Oct 22, 2009 10:38 pm

AndinistalocoRe: Thank you...

Andinistaloco

Voted 10/10

Great area, isn't it? I was down again yesterday.

You're right... especially from the angle you took that shot, it looks a hell of a lot like the Sphinx!
Posted Oct 28, 2009 2:48 pm

lcarreauRe: Thank you...

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Looks like the snow might be accumulating above 4,500 feet?

Almost time to capture some white stuff on red rocks!
Posted Oct 28, 2009 3:42 pm

AndinistalocoRe: Thank you...

Andinistaloco

Voted 10/10

Just started snowing here. First one of the year. Hmmm, we'll see. This could spoil my climbing plans!
Posted Oct 28, 2009 6:39 pm

lcarreauRe: Thank you...

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Then again, it could make things more "challenging" by adding an
icy sheen to the rocks !!! : )
Posted Oct 28, 2009 9:51 pm

AndinistalocoRe: Thank you...

Andinistaloco

Voted 10/10

Ugh. The rock down there's bad enough that I'm not worried about making things tougher. So, what's your catchy name for UN 5848? That's the one I did yesterday.
Posted Oct 31, 2009 9:43 pm

lcarreauRe: Thank you...

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

How 'bout "Heaven's Gate," because it rhymes with 5848 and maintains the "New Age" theme? : ))

I went up to the base of Summit Block Rock the day after the
cold snap hit. I saw a couple people ascending; don't know if
they reached the top.

I'd like to go up Mormon Canyon to take some pics of Earth Angel!

Posted Oct 31, 2009 11:37 pm

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