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Painted Hills - Panoramic

Painted Hills - Panoramic

This is a well photographed geological phenomenon in Oregon and finding a new look is hard. In this case it hasn’t rained in a while so the colors are a little pale compared to after it rains, but still amazing none the less. This is a panoramic view of the hills. A different closer view will be located in the Landscape Images folder. The Painted Hills is one of the three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, located in Wheeler County, Oregon. It is named after the colorful layers of its hills corresponding to various geological eras, formed when the area was an ancient river floodplain. The weathering of volcanic ash under varying climatic regimes resulted in vividly-hued rock layers of red, pink, bronze, tan, and black. The black soil is lignite that was vegetative matter that grew along the floodplain. The grey coloring is mudstone, siltstone, and shale. The red coloring is laterite soil that formed by floodplain deposits when the area was warm and humid. Tones and hue may appear to change from one visit to another, as the clay stones differ with ever-changing light and moisture levels. Walking on the hills is strictly prohibited; please respect the landscape if you visit the area.