Sunrise, Valley of the Gods, Utah
Early morning sunlight shines on the buttes in the Valley of the Gods in San Juan County, Utah. The monoliths were sculpted from Cedar Mesa sandstone dating to the Permian age, 250 million years ago. The 1200 foot thick sandstone was
cemented by calcium carbonate interspersed with lenses of red siltstone and was deposited in huge sand dunes near the shores of an ancient sea. Erosion by water, wind and ice over millions of years chiseled the current rock formations.
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