Desert varnish

Desert varnish

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Credit: DR JUERG ALEAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Desert varnish on sandstone of the Entrada formation appearing blueish as its smooth surface reflects the blue sky. Where the cliff appears red the crust of desert varnish has broken off. Desert varnish forms as a result of weathering in the arid climate of Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, USA.

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