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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lcarreau - Dec 12, 2009 8:42 am - Voted 10/10

Gotta love the multitude

of amazing formations and colors at PFNP !!!

I worked there (for 5 weeks) in 1991, and
loved every minute of it.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Dec 12, 2009 9:57 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Gotta love the multitude

It is a beautiful place. Again, thanks for looking and commenting, Larry! --mark d.

Romuald Kosina

Romuald Kosina - Dec 12, 2009 12:26 pm - Voted 10/10


Oooo, a very nice picture of geomorphology!!!

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Dec 13, 2009 8:46 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Oooo...

Thanks, Romuald. It is a beautiful place. I will place more pic's in the next few days when I have time. --mark d.


hiltrud.liu - Dec 12, 2009 6:08 pm - Voted 10/10


What a beauty!
Merry Christmas to you!

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Dec 13, 2009 8:46 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Fantastic...

Thanks, Hiltrud.liu! It is my favorite of the pic's I shot in Painted Desert. --mark d.

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