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Monument Valley is a Navajo Nation National Park, and under their protection they have done a fine job preventing commercialism, leaving the land in its natural state.

Geologically, the area hundreds of millions of years ago was a vast lowland basin. For eons materials eroding from the early rock mountains deposited layer upon layer of sediments, which cemented a slow and gentle uplift generated by ceaseless pressure from below the surface, elevating these horizontal sediment strata quite uniformly one to three miles above sea level. What was once a basin became a plateau.
Natural force of wind, water, and gravity that eroded the land spent the next 50 million years cutting into and peeling away at the surface of the plateau. The simple wearing down of altering layers of soft and hard rock slowly revealed the natural wonders of Monument Valley today.

--- source: www.navajonationparks.org

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