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Curious Black Rocks

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 24 November 2014 in Landscape & Rural.

As we continue, these rocks, of volcanic origin, dot the landscape.

Franz found this explanation on the Capitol Reef website: "The rocks are volcanic in origin and came from lava flows that surfaced and capped Boulder and Thousand Lake Mountains approximately 20 million years ago. During the last Ice Age, glaciers capped the mountains and then began to melt. Glacial outwash and mudflows moved the lava pieces into this area. They became rounded from rolling and tumbling during this erosional process." Thanks, Franz.

Capitol Reef National Park
Part of the Great American West series.

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Focales from Entre Bretagne et montagnes, France

These big rocks seem constituted by volcanic lava. I like deserts so much sand as stone

24 Nov 2014 5:11am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Fine image of a rugged landscape.

24 Nov 2014 5:15am

Bob from Portland, United States

Is there an ancient volcano nearby? Great pic!

24 Nov 2014 5:26am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

In its own way, it is still a 'living' landscape . . fascinating.

24 Nov 2014 6:37am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Incredible - like the surface of Mars!

24 Nov 2014 7:03am

gerard1948 from Spain

Surprising these stones in the middle of nowhere, the composition is superb. A beautiful desert landscape.
Have a good week

24 Nov 2014 7:20am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellente compo

24 Nov 2014 7:55am

jean pierre from paris, France

belle compo!! amitiés

24 Nov 2014 8:55am

Martine Libouton from bousval, Belgium

Un superbe cadrage! j'aime beaucoup ce paysage!!

24 Nov 2014 9:01am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Ah, yes, curious indeed.

24 Nov 2014 10:51am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

En effet, étranges comme venus d'on ne sait ou...:)

24 Nov 2014 10:53am

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

A strange and interesting landscape, Steve --- superb POV ===
Kindest regards and have a good week Monika

(I do not believe that "somebody" carried them there and rolled them downhill !!!)

24 Nov 2014 11:29am

k@ from Paris, France

They look like skulls, super intriguing & interesting !

24 Nov 2014 12:04pm

francesco from Italy

un très beau paysage… les rochers noirs sont fascinants...

24 Nov 2014 12:06pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful capture of an interesting scenery. Excellent composition.

24 Nov 2014 1:29pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Stones are impressive. Wonderful shot.

24 Nov 2014 2:08pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Indeed, is curious ! Seems a lunar landscape!
I like

24 Nov 2014 2:25pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great capture of this scene. Beautiful image. Superb. :)

24 Nov 2014 2:27pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

love the clouds

24 Nov 2014 2:52pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

It is curious how they are placed throughout the view.

24 Nov 2014 3:02pm

Veronique from Tarbes, France

Stunning colors ! (I like those "meteorites" )

24 Nov 2014 3:09pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Ces pierres nooires dans ce désert un autre monde on se croirait sur la lune

24 Nov 2014 3:25pm

Slackwater Don from Spokane, United States

A very interesting picture of these rocks. I would like to hear a geological explanation of how they developed.

24 Nov 2014 4:07pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Stunning landscape and very beautiful photo !

24 Nov 2014 4:44pm

franz from Baden, Austria

captivating cloudy atmosphere and stunning landscape and details. like don, i wondered where these rocks came from and found this explanation (under #8).

24 Nov 2014 5:01pm

@franz: A good find. I've displayed the information above. Thanks a lot.

Diana from Olympia, United States

Quite the big sky

24 Nov 2014 5:30pm

franz from Baden, Austria

anytime ;-)

24 Nov 2014 5:51pm

Roléro-t from Loverval, Belgium

A wonderful photo Steve, good compose!

24 Nov 2014 6:35pm

Urszula from GdaƄsk, Poland

The land that generates stones :)

24 Nov 2014 6:44pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Excellent image and very interesting explanation for the origin of these boulders.

24 Nov 2014 6:45pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What an interesting phenomenon you've discovered in these volcanic rocks!! They sure make for an eye-catching landscape! Thanks for sharing!

24 Nov 2014 7:25pm

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Awesome, thank you for your explanations

24 Nov 2014 10:44pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

It's impressive how they stand out in this arid landscape ... Beautiful shot and excellent information !!!

24 Nov 2014 10:57pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

What a surreal sight, excellent.

24 Nov 2014 10:58pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderful and unique landscape! once again very well composed scene - i like the spacing of the rocks in the foreground...

25 Nov 2014 2:25am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

superbe avec ces roches

25 Nov 2014 12:27pm