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Sunrise Windows | by Kurt Lawson
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Sunrise Windows

From inside a small all-natural rock house of sorts in the Alabama Hills, the clouds are alight with reddish alpenglow at Sunrise. Light has just begun to touch the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada, painting them with the same reddish hue. The Alabama Hills are a wonderland of fantastical shapes of granite which form wonders such as this double arch. We know now that such shapes largely formed when the granite was underground, where chemical erosion through water relentlessly attacked the sharp edges over the centuries in a process known as spheroidal weathering. Then one day the surface eroded to reveal the hidden treasures from below. As I wonder this marvelous landscape, I ponder what hidden gems lie beneath the soil I walk upon, and whether they will be revealed one day centuries after I am long gone.

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Taken on December 23, 2018