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Monument Valley - Eye Of The Sun
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© Christine Till
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. Its 30,000 acres straddle the borders of Arizona and Utah and offer breathless scenery any time of the year and almost any time of the day and night. Though Monument Valley is one of the most photographed landmarks in the United States, its varied seasons and spectacular lighting provide ample opportunity to capture new and refreshing visions of the red desert sands, crimson mesas and sandstone towers which spread throughout the area.
Another spot, which you will see during a guided tour into Central Monument Valley is the 'Sun's Eye' (or 'Eye of the Sun') - another fine example of erosion within the Colorado Plateau. It's a cave type natural arch, which means that it has been eroded out of the "roof" of (in this case deChelly sandstone) a rock formation, and eventually collapsed, giving room to this "eye". You can't get close, as this is also a holy spot for Navajo (near Thunderbird Mesa).
Look at the dark vertical lines on the rock - this is called "Desert Varnish", and is a result of specific oxidation on the vertical rocks, when in contact with water and their mineral salts.
October 24th, 2013
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