Seven-Colored Earths

October 17, 2016

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October 2016 Viewer's ChoicePhotographer: Martin Dietzel
Summary Author: Martin Dietzel

The so-called seven-colored earth on the island of Mauritius is a very popular tourist attraction. Weathering of basalt and iron oxides have helped create the remarkable color gradients. Iron components of the soil are primarily responsible for the reddish colors and aluminum for the subtle bluish colors. Located within a jungle-like forest, the contrast between the deep green trees and the red-brown-blue hues of the soil is stunning. Photo taken on October 1, 2016.
Photo Details: Camera Model: Canon EOS-1D X; Lens: EF17-40mm f/4L USM; Focal Length: 23.0mm; Aperture: ƒ/7.1; Exposure Time: 0.0031 s (1/320); ISO equiv: 400; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 (Windows).