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Communion With The Sun
A descending sun illuminates Arizona's Courthouse Butte.

The 2,500 foot cliffs surrounding Sedona reach up to the 6,800 foot elevation
of the Colorado Plateau.

Once again, climate played a pivotal role in the shaping of Sedona's
landscape. In the 85-million years between the deposition of the Redwall
Limestone and the Coconino Sandstone Formation, the region was gradually
changing from a wet tropical climate to an arid desert dominated by barren
sand dunes.

As greater quantities of windblown, iron-free sands were deposited on an
area comprising most of Arizona, Utah and western New Mexico, the (ancestral)Pedregosa Sea filled in, retreated southeastward, and eventually disappeared.

Sedona was located in the center of a large inland sand dune desert, much
like the Sahara Desert.

Because of its larger grain size, iron oxides passed through Coconino
Sandstone, allowing it to retain its "beige-colored" sandy color.

Not so with the fine-grained sandstone making up Courthouse Butte.
Iron oxide seems to have made its home deep inside "The Court of the CRIMSON King."

January 9, 2009


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NoonduelerA healing vision..

Noondueler

Voted 10/10

for us twenty-first century schizoid men!
Posted Mar 2, 2009 2:23 am

lcarreauRe: A healing vision..

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

"Cat's foot, iron claw!
Neuro-surgeons' scream for more!
At paranoia's poison door :
Twenty-first century schizoid man!!!"

(King Crimson - 1969)
Posted Mar 2, 2009 7:38 pm

yatsekA Plus

yatsek

Voted 10/10

You get an A+ for the whole project Larry. Isn't it about time you did a melodious geology degree?
Posted Mar 2, 2009 5:42 am

lcarreauRe: A Plus

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

No, I think it's about time I went on a
vacation to the Canary Islands!
Posted Mar 2, 2009 10:11 am

yatsekRe: A Plus

yatsek

Voted 10/10

You want something more yellow or a cool breeze? BTW Why don't you put this irresistible pic under the Red Curtain? That shapely talus cone...
Posted Mar 2, 2009 5:56 pm

lcarreauRe: A Plus

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

I can most certainly do that! : ))

I want something a bit more green and aqua-
marine blue. (But red's the best I can do!!)

A cool breeze blowing off the ocean would
feel rather refreshing right now.

Does it sound 'magnanimous???'
Posted Mar 2, 2009 7:14 pm

yatsekRe: A Plus

yatsek

Voted 10/10

Absolutely. What's more, I suspected you were actually green inside - kind of reversed watermelon. Now that I've read your comment on Bob Sihler's great article that's currently being advertised, I'm absolutely positive about that.
Cheers
Jacek
Posted Mar 3, 2009 2:50 am

lcarreauRe: A Plus

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

I'm flattered and blushing - a reversed
watermelon???

As long as nobody drops me from a 10-story
building, I guess I'll be okay! Take care!!!

: )))))))))))))
Posted Mar 3, 2009 6:00 pm

lcarreauRe: A Plus

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

I was just feeling the sudden urge to sit
barefoot on the front porch with a dog named
"Sloan" and hold a large piece of juicy watermelon
in my hands; its JUICE dripping down my chin as I eat it! Emmmmmm so YUMMY!
Posted Mar 3, 2009 7:00 pm

yatsekRe: A Plus

yatsek

Voted 10/10

Watch out!!! It's like devouring your anti-Larry and threatening your balance, not to mention the SP equilibrium
Posted Mar 3, 2009 7:30 pm

lcarreauRe: A Plus

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Besides that, it might affect my karma!

I better stick to mangoes, papaya and guava!!!
Better to be safe than sorry! : )

And ... in the midst of all the chaos, perhaps I can save a piece of myself for
another day. End of the story!!!
Posted Mar 3, 2009 7:39 pm

yatsekRe: A Plus

yatsek

Voted 10/10

End of Hisstory (and the Last Man) (FFukuyama,1992)
(Don't think the planet will let your wallstreetwise America have the last word any more.) THAT'S THAT.
Posted Mar 4, 2009 2:52 am

lcarreauRe: A Plus

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

That is NOT that - like I said, I had no choice
in the matter. My ancestors made the choice to
struggle, face many hardships in their quest
for a better life here in America.

Freedom is never free! And ... THAT is that !!!
Posted Mar 4, 2009 11:43 am

yatsekRe: A Plus

yatsek

Voted 10/10

I do appreciate what they did. I wish mine had as well. But in those days freedom didn't include freedom to print as much money as you need, did it? Take care of your freedom Larry!
Posted Mar 4, 2009 5:55 pm

lcarreauRe: A Plus

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

"The last word." : ))))))))
Posted Mar 4, 2009 7:52 pm

yatsekRe: A Plus

yatsek

Voted 10/10

Sure. :((((((((
Posted Mar 5, 2009 2:57 am

lcarreauRe: A Plus

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Smile. :- )))))))))))
Posted Mar 5, 2009 6:37 pm

yatsekRe: A Plus

yatsek

Voted 10/10

Americans are too powerful :DDD
Posted Mar 6, 2009 3:22 am

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on Mar 1, 2009 9:04 pm

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