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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batalay (33891) 2013-12-09 13:45
In this spectacular photo you give us the rugged rocks of Cathedral Gorge. What is remarkable is that the "organic style" employed by Gaudi in his Cathedral in Barcelona is somewhat evocative of this formation. I am puzzled by the natural horizontal striation, almost like a shelf, appearing in the lower 1/5 of the frame. I wonder what geologic event took place when the rocks were that high.
serp2000 (35082) 2013-12-09 20:22
Just a La Sagrada familia in Barcelona ;) Yes, this is very soft stone, no granite. Impressive cliffs, I can understand that old idea to make the faces of Presidents on the rocks. Sometime the nature give us very interesting reasons for art works.
Subhogen (3216) 2013-12-09 20:37
What a strange looking landscape you have shared here. These are real wonders of nature and it has the ability to surprise us.
It seems like many ghosts are coming down the hill with their head and body covered in robes. :-)
Thanks for sharing a new interesting place with a nice note as well.
Noel_Byrne (16271) 2013-12-10 4:09
A lesson in geology for me today, and a fine image to accompany it. I've never seen this kind of formation before, nature really is a never ending fascination.
When I look at this, it does also look to me a like a crown of Scooby Doo ghosts. Whats the collective term for that I wonder? A gaggle?
Great shot, quite unearthly.
mirosu (10208) 2013-12-11 5:34
Excellent rock formation close-up photo with very nice colors, perfect light, very good clarity. Superb details & textures. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions.
Very well done.
Wish you a peaceful Advent time.
delpeoples (50271) 2013-12-11 17:19
Gidday Gorge-ous Ray
Man when I think of what these silent monsters have witnessed over the million years they've been standing on this earth, it just blows me away. The way you composed the shot, with the tight framing, almost no sky and the vertical cut, really accentuates their isolation, their silence and their timelessness. The textures are a visual feast as are the natural colours. And I think you even have a ghost there too, with that purple orb in the mid left foreground. Wowza!
Have a Calificious Day
ikeharel (47000) 2013-12-12 8:20
Wind and probably some water, grined those rocks for millions of years, just to give us the pleasure to look and admire, Ray.
Rocks formation is outstanding in view here, fine clarity show best of details on.
Marvelous collected this nature's scenery.
Silvio1953 (109341) 2013-12-13 10:33
Ciao Ray, fantastic architecture by nature, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio