Butte rock formation

Butte rock formation

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Burros passing a butte. Small herd of burros (Equus asinus) pass a butte. The burro is a wild horse that was originally introduced to the deserts of south-western USA as a pack animal and is now found throughout the deserts of North America. A butte is an erosion feature of large sedimentary rock plains. They are formed where resistive cap-rocks are found. The softer sedimentary rocks around the cap-rock are eroded, leaving a tower-like feature after millions of years. The slopes around the butte's base are composed of debris from subsequent weathering. Photographed at Monument Valley in Arizona, USA.

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