The Wave, Arizona [Places To See Before You Die]

5 years ago

It almost looks like it`s articifial, but The Wave is purely made by nature. The Wave is a sandstone rock formation located in the USA, near the Arizona and Utah border in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, on the Colorado Plateau. Due to its colorful forms, and the rugged, trackless hike required to reach it, it`s a wellknown place for hikers and photographers.

You might wonder how nature created it... Well, over 150 million years ago, this region was just a sandy desert where huge dunes migrated across the landscape pushed by seasonal winds. What we see today are some of the original crossbedded dunes shaped into dramatic landforms and exposed by erosion from eons of runoff. The spectacular ribbons of various colors called Liesegang Bands, were formed by movement and precipitation of oxidizing materials such as iron and manganese by ground water. Thin veins or fins of calcite cut across the sandstone, adding another dimension to the landscape.

Although it looks pretty unique, there`s actually a similar formation, called Wave Rock, in Western Australia.

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