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Monument Valley (Navajo: Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii, meaning valley of the rocks) is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. It is located on the northern border of Arizona with southern Utah, near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation, and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.

The area is part of the Colorado Plateau. The floor is largely Cutler Red siltstone or its sand deposited by the meandering rivers that carved the valley. The valley's vivid red color comes from iron oxide exposed in the weathered siltstone. The darker, blue-gray rocks in the valley get their color from manganese oxide.
The buttes are clearly stratified, with three principal layers. The lowest layer is Organ Rock shale, the middle de Chelly sandstone and the top layer is Moenkopi shale capped by Shinarump siltstone. The valley includes large stone structures including the famed Eye of the Sun.

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  1. blinkingidiot 36 months ago | reply

    As a John Ford enthusiast, this location is obviously important to me.
    You've used the foreground textures to bring a fresh touch to the familiar, breath-taking landscape.

  2. Valerio_D 36 months ago | reply

    superb shot!

  3. nyomee wallen 36 months ago | reply

    This is really precious and excellent detail.

  4. cedergreenphoto 36 months ago | reply

    Nice shot. Great colors!

  5. palnick 35 months ago | reply

    Wonderful shot ! great light

  6. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 33 months ago | reply

    Nice catch

  7. Beppe Modica 32 months ago | reply

    di grande impatto ...!

  8. jm.buchet 32 months ago | reply

    Excellent !

  9. Christian Ferretti 32 months ago | reply

    The Leggend!
    super postcard!

  10. Pamela Winders Gone for awhile 28 months ago | reply

    Beautiful composition and color!

  11. Flick'gAbility 28 months ago | reply

    Scenic landscape, no doubtm but very cool framing of it by you - besides other things, expert placement of the horizon!

  12. Rebecca Ang 28 months ago | reply

    Great image with incredible depth. Nice colors and light!

  13. ichauvel 28 months ago | reply

    fantastic landscape beautiful light!!!!

  14. Nixon Images 27 months ago | reply

    very very nice !!!

  15. Leopoldo Meozzi 26 months ago | reply

    Absolutely wonderful!!!!

  16. Marco de Waal 24 months ago | reply

    Nice picture! Excellent!

  17. AnneMJ1 23 months ago | reply

    Stunning shot

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