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Ancient Arizona

Today’s Arizona landscape is home to plateaus, monuments, buttes, rushing rivers, precipitous canyons, snow-capped volcanoes, great escarpments, dry washes, mountain ranges and broad valleys. Throughout the state, ancient deposits of copper, gold, silver, and a host of minerals have shaped Arizona's mineral history. In Northern Arizona, Grand Canyon slices a mile deep exposing a suite of rocks representing over a billion years of Earth history. The rocks tell a story that Dr. Ron Blakey (Professor Emeritus, Northern Arizona University) deciphered to create 16 paleogeographic snapshots of ancient Arizona landscapes.

Ancient Arizona

 

Click and drag the image above for a 360 degree view of the Rainbow Forest Bone Zone.