Uploaded 31-Oct-14
Taken 27-Oct-14
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Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Landscapes
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Keywords:California, Death Valley, Dunes, artists palette, geology, landscape
Photo Info

Dimensions5760 x 3840
Original file size18.1 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken27-Oct-14 19:59
Date modified31-Oct-14 23:17
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal length33 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure1/640 at f/8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
Artists Palette

Artists Palette

Artist's Drive rises up to the top of an alluvial fan fed by a deep canyon cut into the Black Mountains. Artist's Palette is on the face of the Black Mountains and is noted for having various colors of rock. These colors are caused by the oxidation of different metals (red, pink and yellow is from iron salts, green is from decomposing tuff-derived mica, and manganese produces the purple).Called the Artist Drive Formation, the rock unit provides evidence for one of the Death Valley area's most violently explosive volcanic periods. The Miocene-aged formation is made up of cemented gravel, playa deposits, and much volcanic debris, perhaps 5,000 feet (1500 m) thick.

Chemical weathering and hydrothermal alteration are also responsible for the variety of colors displayed in the Artist Drive Formation and nearby exposures of the Furnace Creek Formation.