Monument Valley Abstracts

The wide range of colors exhibited by the radiant Navajo Sandstone reflect a long history of alteration by groundwater and other subsurface fluids over millions of years. The different colors, except for white, are caused by the presence of varying mixtures and amounts of hematite, goethite, and limonite filling the pores within the quartz sand.  

The surface patterns mark an end of a long coexistence.  As particles from one array fall from the face into the powdery matt that surrounds each spire, the next pattern takes shape.  The itinerant remnants of the old display now drift across the desert, always moving, never in control.


About Chas

Publisher of Tributary. One Flows Into Another. A tribute to interesting people and their reflections. Web content writer at SHOW&TELL.

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