Valley of Fire

This is the Valley of Fire State Park located in the Virgin River Basin on the western side of Lake Mead, Nevada. Petrified wood and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs dot the area along with an array of important rock formations made up of limestones, shales, and conglomerates. Prehistoric First Nations inhabitants of the area included the Basket Maker people and much later the Anasazi Pueblo farmers from nearby Moapa Valley. The small river you see running through the left side of the image is called the Valley of Fire Wash and in the background right you can see the beginning of Weiser Ridge and the Muddy Mountains.

Zedekiah:” I captured this image from above Blue Point Bay on Lake Mead following a very strong rain downpour in the late afternoon. The alpenglow effect combined with the rainstorm lit up the ground colors and provided a wonder vibrant view of this amazing selection of geologic formations.”

In the above image; Valley of Fire Wash drains down through the center of the photo and on the bottom right of the wash lays Elephant Rock. To the left in the image is the formation known as the Seven Sisters and lying above the park, just next to those yellow colored formations is Baseline Mesa and the Silica Dome. The mountains lying just to the north of the park are called the Muddy Mountains.

These twisted jagged stones are some of the oldest natural rock formations known to mankind and the incredibly rough, stark red fossilized sandstone formations formed out of great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs 150 million years ago. They were created by a dramatic shift in the Earth’s crust, then complex uplifting and faulting and followed by extensive wind and water erosion over time, which sculpted the land into what we see today.

 

 

 

 

 

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