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Geology of the National Parks - Death Valley

 

Death Valley National Park
Geology Image Gallery - Miscellany

View from Zabriskie Point. Photo by Richard Frear, NPS

Corkscrew Peak view

Photo by Joel I. Mur, NPS.

Desert varnish

Desert varnish

Photo from NPS archives.

Underside of a rock with desert varnish. Microorganisms deposit thin films of manganese compounds as part of their life processes. These combine with clays and stain the gravel differing shades of red and brown. This stain is desert varnish.

Bighorn sheep petroglyph

Bighorn sheep petroglyph

Photo from NPS archives.

Death Valley's native peoples used rocks with dark desert varnish to carve the stories of their lives.

Desert pavement

Desert pavement

Photo by Menning, NPS.

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Striped Butte

Striped Butte

Photo from NPS archives.

Polygonal cracks in a salt pan, with human for scale.

Migmatite basement rock

Migmatite basement rock.

Photo by Marli Miller

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