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The Suevi Warriors

"Suevi" is a word of Germanic origin that means "one's own people". That is a very appropriate word for describing this uniquely colored set of hoodoos. Their low, flat capstones give them a menacing look like agile warriors on the attack. Hence the name "Suevi Warriors".

The Suevi were once a tiny society of people mentioned as far back as Roman times. Though there is much discussion about what happened to them in ancient writings, their ultimate fate is unknown and they have vanished from the face of the earth.

This is the only group of hoodoos I've ever seen that have sulfur striping in their pedestals. They are located in a badlands area with a lot of coal and associated sulfur deposits which give the hoodoos their unique color. These coal/sulfurous deposits were laid down near the coastline of an ancient ocean back in the Late Cretaceous period.

For their coloration, this small group of hoodoos may be unique in all the world.

Very few photographers have ever seen them before.
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