Unnamed Slot Canyon in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

June 03, 2019

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Photographer: Cindy Todd 
Summary Author: Cindy Todd 

The Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada should be on your list of places to visit if you’re interested in geology. Rock formations found here consist predominantly of sandstone, limestone, shale and conglomerates, formed originally from ancient dunes that were subjected to uplifting, folding and faulting. Many of the rocks date to 150 million years ago. The park derives its name from the striking, red-colored sandstone.

While hiking in the park I stumbled upon an unnamed slot canyon, not far from the parking lot for the Fire Wave Trail. Fast flowing water has carved and smoothed the canyon walls, creating beautiful coloration in the rock. Photo taken on May 20, 2019.

Photo Details: Top - Camera: NIKON COOLPIX L610; Exposure Time: 0.0010s (1/1000); Aperture: ƒ/6.6; ISO equivalent: 125; Focal Length (35mm): 25. Bottom - same except: Exposure Time: 0.0013s (1/800); Aperture: ƒ/7.2; Focal Length (35mm): 31.