Painted Desert (1/2)

The Petrified Forest National Park overlaps a larger area (which runs through parts of several states) called the Painted Desert.  It is called that because of the numerous formations which contain a multitude of colors, generally in the form of striped layers.

The colors are more vibrant in person and, like those in the Grand Canyon, are their intensity can be affected by both sunshine, sun angle and cloud cover.

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