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when tectonic plates collide

By artcubis
Red Rock Canyon in Nevada USA

The mountains in the Red Rock area were formed by a number of geological forces i.e. fractured faults and shift in tectonic plates where the earth's crust collided over millions of years and fossilized sand dunes.

The sandstone rocks get their red color from iron oxide. Over centuries the iron oxide build-up produced the vibrant crimson color the canyon illustrates today.

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area receives 1.2 million visitors a year.

To get the scale of this, look for 2 people in white t shirt walking on the path.

I just zoomed in on the original and discovered there are actually 3 people : 2 adults and one child !!! If you have difficulty locating them being so small... look for the horizontal shadow bar at the bottom center of the photo. You will see a green dot (plant) in the center of the shadow bar. Then look about 1.5 cm above that. You will see a white dot that is one person tshirt. Right next to him stands a child (you probably wont see that). A few steps ahead is the woman, also wearing white tshirt but she blends in with the road.

Ok, so that gives you the scale of things, just how big this is.
Thanks for looking and thanks for all the lovely comments.

Tags: Landscape Photo journalism Nature Red rock canyon Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Tectonic plates

Voters: Daisymaye, LexEquine, Jovana63 and 13 more

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Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
28 Oct 2010 1:55AM
Beautiful red colour. Great capture...........Sandy

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LexEquine 13 1 19 United States
28 Oct 2010 2:43AM
Excellent & beautiful scenic capture & image rendering with vivid color & hues, nice clarity & depth, & artistic composition. Well done. Ciao...Peter
28 Oct 2010 3:36AM
Fabulous image! Very well done!
jeb2012 10 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2010 4:01AM
A excellent capture
lesarnott 9 11 2 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2010 4:50AM
Fantastic colours and photography to go with it.
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
28 Oct 2010 4:55AM
An excellent shot, accompanied by a most informative narrative. I do like images which tell of geological processes afoot, as here: but try as I might I cannot make out the figures (eyesight not what it was) so assume they must be tiny, and that alone does help one to understand scale.
mishu78 10 Canada
28 Oct 2010 5:51AM
Beautiful image! Great red color. Well taken
tashi 9 2
28 Oct 2010 8:24AM
Excellent shot with a very interesting and informative write up. Thanks for sharing it.
28 Oct 2010 8:46AM
The deserts in the American West fascinate me as they're all different and have a different feel.
This is a very good photo showing the beautiful shapes and colours.
great one I am in love with that image beautiful
lonely_oryx 12 61 55 England
28 Oct 2010 11:43AM
Wild area. Good colours and composition
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
28 Oct 2010 1:32PM
Awesome image Catherine. Those figures you mention do take some finding but they help tremendously in regard to scale. Powerful shot.
antbow 13
2 Nov 2010 10:59AM
love the red

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