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Morning In The Rockies
Painting - Oil
"Morning in the Rockies", is an original oil painting by Janis Tafoya, this is one of the places I love to frequent in the summer in Colorado. I spend as much time as I can in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, painting, fishing, reading and camping out....it is what I look forward to most in the summer....here is a little history about those beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains.
The Colorado Rocky Mountains
Long before today's Rockies began building, the Ancestral Rockies formed about fifty miles to the west around 320 million years ago (MYA). Considered at least as high as the current-day Himalayas, Colorado's Ancestral Rockies consisted of two ranges, Frontrangia and Uncompahgria. The mountains pushed upwards for 70 million years and then began eroding until the landscape was relatively flat again. Remnants of these ranges still can be seen in the Devil's Backbone west of Loveland, the Red Rocks in Morrison, the Maroon Bells near Aspen, and the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
Around 85 MYA, seas spread across most of Colorado, forming white sandbars and beaches known today as the Dakota Sandstone layer. By 70 MYA, tectonic plates had begun to converge and clash under the Western U.S., causing the continental crust to buckle and fold like an accordion. As the land rose, so did molten magma which formed theColorado Mineral Belt that runs from the Front Range down through the San Juan Mountains and contains almost allthe gold, silver, lead and zinc deposits that fed the voracious Colorado mining industry. This period, knownas the Laramide Orogeny, lasted until about 40 MYA and was followed by another period of erosion which lowered the mountains to hills once again.
Between 35 and 26 MYA, volcanoes erupted in the San Juans throwing hundreds of cubic miles of volcanic ash into the air. When it settled, the hot ash hardened to form a light colored glassy layer known as the San Juan Tuff. The Never Summer and West Elk ranges also saw volcanic activity between 27 and 21 MYA as well.
Around 26 MYA, great faults creased the land, forming particularly the Rio Grande rift between the Sangre De Cristos and San Juan mountains and the upper Arkansas valley between the Sawatch and Mosquito ranges. The hills were thrust upwards over six thousand feet. Wind and water continued shaping the landscape, eroding away less resistant rock to form valleys and gorges. The final major mountain-shaping forces occurred during glacial episodes around 130,000 and 14,000 years ago. The glaciers scoured mountain valleys, carved out new ones, and left behind lakes and glacial formations like moraines and hanging valleys.
Today, Colorado is topographically divided into three major geological zones: the Eastern Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the Colorado Plateau. About 40% of the state isplains, 30% is mountains and 30% is plateau. The eastern plains and western plateau are primarily made up of sedimentary rock, while the rocky mountains are comprised of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rock.
The Eastern Plains rise from 3,500 feet above sea level at the eastern border to
6,000 feet at the eastern foothills of the Rockies. The plains are distinguished by two
shallow river valleys, the Arkansas and the South Platte, and by the rolling grasslands in
My wish for you is that you will be able to visit the beautiful and majestic Colorado Mountains...
February 4th, 2013
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