Sunday, April 8, 2012

Perins Peak and the Hogback

The landscapes around town are dominated by the stone below. The geologic history of this area is very observable due to the general lack of vegetation. These two landforms are visible from nearly all parts of town. The dramatic cliffs of Perins Peak are of the Mesa Verde Group of sandstones, in particular the Point Lookout Sandstone. The steep, vegetation-free slopes below are shale beds deposited by the North American Inland Sea during the Late Cretaceous Age and are known as the Mancos Shale.

This Photo was taken from a great trail in the Durango Mountain Park on the western edge of town.

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