Balanced Rocks, Chiricahua NM, USA

Balanced Rocks, Chiricahua NM, USA

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Credit: JAMES STEINBERG/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: This stack of rocks in Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona, appears to have been carefully arranged, but it occurred naturally when erosion removed softer layers found in uneven bands throughout the rhyolite columns.

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