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However, the place you are going to see right now is truly worth writing a separate article about. It is the incredible rock formations of Zhangye Danxia.
You may have seen some caves of 5 million years old or animal fossils that have been decaying for 10 million years under our earth. Now, it actually took 25 million years for this place to form in China. Pretty amazing, huh? Nowadays it’s an attractive place for tourists. It is a great example of petrographic geomorphofology. Through all these years Zhangye Danxia was affected by such weather conditions as water flow fissures, erosion, oxidization and tectonic plate movements.
.this is the first time I think I have ever seen these colorful mountains
Originally posted by ElectricUniverse
reply to post by PhoenixOD
Yeah, it is as I figured. If that place had colors like those in the op this place would be more widely known. I have seen "similar" places in the U.S. Like in some parts of the Grand Canyon, probably King's Canyon, but my last visit was in 1999.
There are also very different color formations in parts of Wyoming. I haven't been to Wyoming, or Montana or even Utah since 2011, and miss them. I also miss not being able to visit these places like I was able to before my accident.
Anyway, the place in China is still really cool, however, I still think that Sequoia National Park is the most beautiful place I have seen, from the places I have visited, in the Americas or Europe.
edit on 16-7-2013 by ElectricUniverse because: errors.
The rocks may appear fake — and photos of them at their most vibrant are often called phony or Photoshopped — but they’re real, red sedimentary sandstone influenced by upward movement from within the Earth, weather and erosion over tens of million of years.
Essentially the colors result from deposits of different minerals, says John Encarnacion, Ph.D., a Saint Louis University geologist. “The deep reds are caused primarily by the mineral hematite, which is basically rust. These rocks are rich in iron and the iron was oxidized when the rock formed. The yellow colors are probably due to less iron and more sand and clay.” The bluish-greenish-gray, Encarnacion surmises, comes from either organic plant matter or a mineral called glauconite found in marine environments.
The layering, similar to what you might see at Death Valley’s Zabriskie Point, results from what Encarnacion describes as events of mud or sand coming in. And the 45-degree tilting of the rock? “That’s probably related to the collision of India with Asia,” he says. “That collision”—which recent research estimates happened 35 million years ago—“crumbled a lot of rocks throughout China.”
But the rocks themselves actually formed much earlier, at least 65 million years ago, when dinosaurs were still around. It took the formations about 20 million years to end up how they look today