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Some pictures of my holidays in USA from May until June 2012:

4) Monument Valley, USA

It is located on the Arizona-Utah state line (around 36°59′N 110°6′W), near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation, and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.

The area is part of the Colorado Plateau. The floor is largely siltstone of the Cutler Formation, or sand derived from it, deposited by the meandering rivers that carved the valley. The valley's vivid red color comes from iron oxide exposed in the weathered siltstone. The darker, blue-gray rocks in the valley get their color from manganese oxide.
The buttes are clearly stratified, with three principal layers. The lowest layer is Organ Rock shale, the middle de Chelly sandstone and the top layer is Moenkopi shale capped by Shinarump siltstone. The valley includes large stone structures including the famed Eye of the Sun.
Between 1948 and 1967, the southern extent of the Monument Upwarp was mined for uranium, which occurs in scattered areas of the Shinarump siltstone; vanadium and copper are associated with uranium in some deposits (see Uranium mining in Arizona).


Btw. We didn't visit by the road loop through the whole area as we should have had to pay 80 $ per head !! Therefore I took my pictures only from outside of the visitor's welcome center!!
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Comments on this photo:

Aug 25 2012 15:48 GMT sini
Beautiful collage!:)
Aug 25 2012 16:57 GMT ferrariwalter
Nice collage!
Aug 25 2012 17:30 GMT FRIESIAN
Great collage Ruth! This must be amazing to see!!!!!!!!
Aug 25 2012 17:52 GMT Bellavista
thats a place on my wishlist!
very photogenic rocks
Aug 25 2012 17:57 GMT 32131
Great work :)
Aug 25 2012 19:44 GMT Lie
Must be a great adventure...your holidays..
Great shot and collage...
Aug 26 2012 04:14 GMT hallo
Good to see!
Aug 26 2012 07:42 GMT Annamaria
Very famous National Park! Beautiful pictures, Ruth!!
Aug 26 2012 09:12 GMT elsje323
beautiful collage Ruth
Aug 26 2012 11:53 GMT Squirrel PRO
GREAT SHOTS AND COLLAGE:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.
Aug 26 2012 12:35 GMT wijnie58
WOW Awesome Ruth, this is also a place we want to visit....:-))
Aug 26 2012 12:40 GMT hans55 PRO
fantastic area and great collage ....on top of my once to visit list !!
Aug 26 2012 12:49 GMT bandsix
You obviously had a wonderful time Ruth...nice you can share the memories on FT!
Aug 26 2012 14:45 GMT ForestSpirit PRO
Looks like a truly awe-inspiring place, Ruth!
Aug 26 2012 20:20 GMT dougrun PRO
Great shots, Ruth! I love Arizona and New Mexico but have never been to this area. I am putting it on our list. We hope to visit in the spring.
Aug 27 2012 08:11 GMT marijke06
great collage
Aug 27 2012 13:22 GMT martini957
Very interesting collage
Aug 27 2012 15:59 GMT Hanny50
Wonderful collage Ruth, and a beautiful place to be!!!
Aug 28 2012 13:37 GMT senna3
Fantastic nature shots, all of them!
Aug 29 2012 18:35 GMT annieann PRO
absolutely stunning
Aug 29 2012 21:08 GMT MargNZ
A fascinating place I would also like to visit . Super collage Ruth :)
Aug 29 2012 21:56 GMT abojovna PRO
Stunning view at giant monuments! Beautiful collage!
Aug 31 2012 16:41 GMT Donjames
Wow...really nice selection
Sep 01 2012 06:32 GMT gtc126
BEAUTIFUL COLLAGE OF UTAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 06 2012 15:39 GMT kumarr
Wonderful !!!!