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Ridges and Hills in the Painted Desert

These badlands are located in Petrified Forest National Park, AZ. Summer thunderstorms and winter showmelt easily carve the soft shale and sandstone into a maze of sharp ridges; steep hillsides; and deep, V-shaped gullies. Water drains through the tunnels, or "pipes", inside the hills and gullies, washing out loose soil and undermining the slopes that later collapse as sinks and slumps. It takes about a decade for three inches of soil to wash away from a slope (Source: NPS sign at a nearby viewpoint). Imaged in December 2009.

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lcarreauGotta love the multitude

lcarreau

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of amazing formations and colors at PFNP !!!

I worked there (for 5 weeks) in 1991, and
loved every minute of it.
Posted Dec 12, 2009 8:42 am

Mark DoironRe: Gotta love the multitude

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It is a beautiful place. Again, thanks for looking and commenting, Larry! --mark d.
Posted Dec 12, 2009 9:57 am

Romuald KosinaOooo...

Romuald Kosina

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Oooo, a very nice picture of geomorphology!!!
Congras!
Romek
Posted Dec 12, 2009 12:26 pm

Mark DoironRe: Oooo...

Mark Doiron

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Thanks, Romuald. It is a beautiful place. I will place more pic's in the next few days when I have time. --mark d.
Posted Dec 13, 2009 8:46 am

hiltrud.liuFantastic...

hiltrud.liu

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What a beauty!
Merry Christmas to you!
Hiltrud
Posted Dec 12, 2009 6:08 pm

Mark DoironRe: Fantastic...

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Thanks, Hiltrud.liu! It is my favorite of the pic's I shot in Painted Desert. --mark d.
Posted Dec 13, 2009 8:46 am

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Mark DoironSubmitted by Mark Doiron
on Dec 11, 2009 11:33 am

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