The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located just a few miles west of Las Vegas Nevada, and encompasses 195,819 acres within the Mojave Desert. More than 500 million years ago Red Rock Canyon was at the bottom of an ocean basin. Mostly limestone (and dolomite) accumulated in this ocean basin for over 250 million years during the Paleozoic Era. The red color of some of the outcrops of the Aztec Sandstone is due to presence of iron oxide or hematite. Exposure to the elements caused iron minerals to oxidize or “rust,” resulting in red, orange, and brown-colored rocks. A hikers paradise!
February 20th, 2023
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