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Nevada's Cathedral Gorge State Park's buff colored cliffs and canyons are named the Panaca Formation, remnants of a Pliocene era lakebed. About one million years ago the Meadow Valley area along Highway 93 from Caliente to Panaca was covered by a freshwater lake. Sediments and gravel settled on the lake floor. As the climate changed over centuries, the lake gradually drained, and erosion started working on the exposed sediments. Rainwater and melting snow carved rivulets in the siltstone and clay shale, working their way down and widening the cracks into gullies and canyons. Differential erosion created the cathedral like spires.

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 881 W: 0 N: 2022] (8426)
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