Comb Ridge is a jagged linear north to south-trending monocline that curves out across the center of the Colorado Plateau from Kayenta in northern Arizona to the foothills of the Abajo Mountains in southern Utah. This is an immense sandstone formation nearly 120 miles long and 1 mile wide. In First Nations Dine (Navajo) language this ridge is called ” Tséyíkʼáán” which translates to “Rock Extends in the Form of a Narrow Edge.”
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The unusual geologic structure is a vivid surface expression of the deep fault that lays along the east margin of the Monument Uplift. This massive blunt-rock extension happened almost 65 million years ago when the Earth’s tectonic plates that are buried deep under the earth’s surface violently slipped. This geologic event was monumental, leaving a huge rugged scar across the face of the once smooth stone. These jagged scared and weathered crags sharply tower up steep summits then fall into unexpected depths with staggering and sudden recurrence. They loom from 300 to 900 feet above the empty plains, before disappearing into the surrounding washes.
The most prominent section lies towards the north, where for about 30 miles, the faultline reaches heights of 700 feet above the surroundings and is characterized by gently sloping ground to the east, formed by the top of a layer of white Navajo sandstone inclined at 20°, and by an unbroken line of sheer cliffs to the west, where several of the underlying strata are exposed, most visibly the red Wingate sandstone.
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The eastern side of the reef has numerous short box canyons, many with springs, seeps, and other sources of water such as pour-over pools. Ancient Ancestral Puebloans, also known as Anasazi, found refuge and built settlements on the long benches, and in tucked-away alcoves that line the canyon walls, which they also intensely decorated with countless pictographs and petroglyphs.
Their existence may be found today as ruins and rock art on the canvas of shallow cave walls. Archaeological surveys of Comb Ridge have revealed more of the formation’s ancient secrets, from Ice Age camps and 800-year-old Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings to historic artifacts of Anglo settlers, and strange lanes carved into the earth across miles of desert, scattered with remnants of Hopi pottery. These “Anasazi roads” are speculated to connect places of significance, perhaps providing paths for the Pueblo people to visit ancient shrines.
MEDIA ~ NON FUNGIBLE TOKEN ~ CINEMATIC
Zedekiah Morse and SkyPilot Productions are offering this Micro Cinematic Journey as a collectible/tradable Non-Fungible Token through OpenSea.io.
This is an extremely rare set of components wrapped together as a Micro Cinematic Journey; the imagery is lensed while filming through an open cockpit window in-flight while Zedekiah simultaneously pilots the bush plane. He also composes, performs, and records the musical soundtrack, writes and performs the narration, and edited the Micro Cinema short.
The owner of this MEDIA-NFT can download a high-resolution version of the film for their personal viewing. Zedekiah Morse and ZkyPilot Productions retain all copyright ownership to this artwork.