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Death Valley - Badland Formations
©2012 Tomasz Dziubinski

Death Valley - Badland Formations

Death Valley, California

The badlands of Death Valley are water-oriented formation. The most famous of these formations located at Zabriskie Point is very aesthetically pleasing to the eye and its formation is a wonder to the mind. At first glance the badlands are completely barren, and they are made of a uniform soil that has many divots and pathways along the hills into the valley. These intricately and naturally decorated badlands were once a uniform and level area created by Death Valley's diverse past. There was once a lake that resided where the badlands now are and this loosely consolidated material was once the bed of the lake. (US GS website) When the rain shadow was cast upon the valley and the lake dried up, this loosely consolidated material began to be influenced by the flash floods that frequented the area. The water cut pathways into the lake sediment and continued to follow those pathways. This is why the badlands have a multitude of creases that follow gravity into the valley.

Nikon D3S
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Graeme10-Apr-2012 22:17
A terrific capture of this amazing rock face, Tomasz.BV
Natasha C08-Apr-2012 15:36
Another beautiful capture. v
Marcia Rules07-Apr-2012 14:42
love the isolated, raw feeling here...V
shatterbug05-Apr-2012 07:16
Stunning clarity and detail!
Patricia Kay04-Apr-2012 21:42
A fabulous scene Tomasz...BV
Peter Sussex04-Apr-2012 18:27
Nature is the most innovative creator, wonderful capture Tomasz! V
Walter O. Koenig04-Apr-2012 14:37
Great with these color contrasts, textures and shadows. "V"
burtmann04-Apr-2012 12:32
Fantastic view. Great lighting and shadows. Very well done. v
maggie_falconi04-Apr-2012 12:28
Fantastic 3D effect Tomasz, great capture!! V
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