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Nevada Moonscape

By: Wally Pacholka

 

Region: Americas

Site: Cathedral Gorge State Park - USA

Date: October 2012

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The Milky Way appears over a bizarre geological formation (called Panaca formation) in Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada. Click on the constellation icon above the image to see another nightscape view of the canyon. This place was covered by a lake nearly a million years ago. The richly colored canyons are remnants of this ancient lakebed. Over centuries the lake began to gradually drain. Erosion on the exposed parts of sediment and gravel carved rivulets, splitting tiny cracks and fissures into larger and larger gullies and canyons. Wally Pacholka, Astropics.com

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