Photographer's Note

An early November thunderstorm arrived in Arizona's Vermillion Cliffs National Monument area near Highway 89A. Geologically, the Cliffs are ancient deposited silt and desert dunes, cemented by infiltrated carbonates, deep red iron oxide, and bluish manganese.
The Monument totals 280,000 acres, with elevations from 3,100 to 7,100 feet.

These sedimentary rocks have been deeply eroded for millions of years, exposing hundreds of layers of richly colored rock strata. Formations include mesas, buttes, tablelands and interspersed with steep canyons.

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