Desert Varnish

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Created On: Sep 15, 2006
Last Edited On: Sep 19, 2006

Desert Varnish

Desert varnish is a dark coating on rocks in arid regions. It often coats canyon walls where water has flown down the the sides of canyons. The coating is composed mainly of fine-grained clay minerals and within the clays are black manganese oxide and red iron oxide which create the different colors.

When hiking in areas, particularly in southern Utah and northern Arizona, I've often come upon areas where desert varnish has covered a rock face like a beautiful painting. Please feel free to add your own photos of desert varnish!


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Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Oct 20, 2006 3:21 am - Voted 10/10

Desert Varnish

This is a really cool album and a very good idea with some great pictures. I tacked one on, and soon I'll scour my album for other suitable ones. Thanks for making this page! I'm noticing that you really have an eye and a love for desert scenery.


tarol - Oct 20, 2006 10:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Desert Varnish

Thanks for your compliments and additions :)

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