Friday, November 14, 2014

Petrified Forest, Part 3

After viewing the Crystal Forest and Jasper Forest areas of Petrified Forest National Park, I made a brief stop at Agate Bridge, a petrified tree lying sideways over a ravine.  It has been reinforced with a concrete slab.

I continued northward and made a series of stops in the Blue Mesa area, reached by a road extending eastward from the park's main north-south road.  In this shot, a petrified log sits on top of a light grey hill.

Nearby was another pile of white boulders.

North of Blue Mesa is this area of brown soil, broken up by dry riverbeds.

Some formations in Blue Mesa have multiple layers of different colors, as seen here and here.  They are called the Blue Mesa Badlands.

North of the Blue Mesa turnoff, just off the main road, are the formations known as the Tepees.

The Newspaper Rock area is reached by a short road extending westward from the main road.  It's not a single rock, but a large pile of boulders, some of which have petroglyphs drawn on their surfaces.  This type of rock art was often carved onto dark areas, known as rock varnish.  Near the center of the next shot, there is a dark panel with some markings, but I can't really tell if they are petroglyphs.

Here's another shot that includes a dark rock surface, but it does not have any clearly seen petroglyphs.

In any event, Newspaper Rock in Petrified Forest National Park should not be confused with Newspaper Rock in southeastern Utah.

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