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Wed Jul 31, 2013, 05:44 PM

Rainbow Mountains In China's Danxia Landform Geological Park Are Very, Very Real

Huffington Post - GREEN | July 31, 2013

Yes, we had a hard time believing that this insane mountain formation was actually real, because we haven't fallen down the rabbit hole. But, believe it or not, this technicolor range actually exists.

The mountains are part of the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in China. Layers of different colored sandstone and minerals were pressed together over 24 million years and then buckled up by tectonic plates, according to the Telegraph.









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Reply Rainbow Mountains In China's Danxia Landform Geological Park Are Very, Very Real (Original post)
DeSwiss Jul 2013 OP
Savannahmann Jul 2013 #1
Buns_of_Fire Jul 2013 #2
alittlelark Jul 2013 #3
kentuck Jul 2013 #4
Martin Eden Jul 2013 #5
Logical Jul 2013 #7
hvn_nbr_2 Jul 2013 #19
Martin Eden Aug 2013 #20
onethatcares Aug 2013 #40
Martin Eden Aug 2013 #45
rurallib Jul 2013 #6
burnodo Jul 2013 #8
NikolaC Jul 2013 #9
DreamGypsy Jul 2013 #10
Peacetrain Jul 2013 #12
Owl Jul 2013 #14
progressoid Aug 2013 #21
muriel_volestrangler Aug 2013 #24
Bernardo de La Paz Aug 2013 #43
DreamGypsy Aug 2013 #46
Bernardo de La Paz Aug 2013 #47
Peacetrain Jul 2013 #11
athenasatanjesus Jul 2013 #13
FailureToCommunicate Jul 2013 #15
obxhead Jul 2013 #16
Maedhros Jul 2013 #17
Bette Noir Aug 2013 #34
Maedhros Aug 2013 #39
mindwalker_i Jul 2013 #18
theHandpuppet Aug 2013 #22
a kennedy Aug 2013 #23
noiretextatique Aug 2013 #25
liberal N proud Aug 2013 #26
PotatoChip Aug 2013 #27
xoom Aug 2013 #28
kentauros Aug 2013 #29
cali Aug 2013 #30
Tansy_Gold Aug 2013 #31
cali Aug 2013 #32
TeeYiYi Aug 2013 #38
Tansy_Gold Aug 2013 #41
TeeYiYi Aug 2013 #44
bvar22 Aug 2013 #33
proReality Aug 2013 #35
SheilaT Aug 2013 #36
Trailrider1951 Aug 2013 #37
snagglepuss Aug 2013 #42
Unrepentant Fenian Aug 2013 #48

Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 05:48 PM

1. Breathtaking

The Geology of the area must be among the most unique in the world.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 05:56 PM

2. K&R&Absolutely stunning. nt

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 06:01 PM

3. Wow...wow.......WOW

Amazing!

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 06:01 PM

4. Wow!!!

Gorgeous1

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 06:43 PM

5. I knew it! I've known it ever since I first dropped acid nearly 40 years ago ...

... God drops acid once in awhile too

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Response to Martin Eden (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 06:46 PM

7. Wow, I regret I will never do acid. bummer. n-t

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Response to Martin Eden (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 10:31 PM

19. 24 million years is a loooonnnnggggg trip, even for God.

Hope he didn't take the brown acid. (Or do I remember the wrong color?)

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Response to hvn_nbr_2 (Reply #19)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 12:54 AM

20. Blink of an eye for that dude.

Or dudess, or Gaia, or whatever confluence of cosmic consciousness conspired in its creation.

If you remember Woodstock, you got the color right.

I didn't turn on till 1973. Split a 4-way windowpane (brown, BTW) with 3 buddies and went to to a triple feature of Marx Brothers movies. Not sure if that's what Jimi Hendrix had in mind with "Are you Experienced" but it was quite an experience nevertheless. The bud with the car was flying too high, so I drove back. Had a new tape in his 8-track player -- first time I heard Dark Side of the Moon.

Been 25 years since I tripped, but never had a bad time. My perspective on things was likely permanently altered from my "experiences" and not for the worse, I think.

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Response to Martin Eden (Reply #20)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 05:06 PM

40. I join with you in that experience

I did my first windowpane to Echos. Then someone put Nantucket Sleighride on by Mountain.

It's been 40 years ago but I still remember how the trees breathe.

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #40)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 06:03 PM

45. Some experiences stay with you a loooooonng time

I have a live recording of Nantucket Sleighride by Mountain, taking up a full side of an LP. I came home and listened to that many times after a night of partying.

I still listen to Pink Floyd Meddle (including the full-side Echoes track) on road trips, along with a host of other music from that era. My trippin days definitely influenced my choices in music!

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 06:45 PM

6. Hard to believe that is on earth

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 06:47 PM

8. OK...that's a trip!!!

 

Truly breathtaking

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 06:56 PM

9. Stunning!

Those mountains are breathtaking. Thank you for sharing these pictures.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 07:15 PM

10. I think Huff Post has some false/enhanced color images.

Here are few of the images that appear on the Telegraph UK Travel site:







The fascinating geological structure is the same...but somebody played with the crayons.

Nonetheless, a very beautiful place, even without the exaggeration.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 07:20 PM

12. Even these are quite stunning..

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 07:46 PM

14. I like these much, much better.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:23 AM

21. Yep, that's been an issue for a lot of publications (print and digital).

PhotoShop has made it easy to over saturate images.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:35 AM

24. Yeah, this one looks pretty dodgy



The pink track in the bottom right corner just doesn't look convincing, nor the extremely blue building by it.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 05:47 PM

43. No. HuffPo admits the photos were manipulated before they got them. HuffPo did not do it.

The colors have been super-saturated by moving the saturation slider to 100% in Photoshop or GIMP or any of a hundred programs.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #43)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 06:54 PM

46. I didn't say HP did the manipulation, I said they had some...


...enhanced/false color photos. Somebody played with the crayons.

And the HP comment "there could be some slight photo manipulation" is a bit of an understatement, one that no one appeared to have noticed.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #46)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 07:24 PM

47. Thanks for clarifying. I did misread your post. nt

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 07:19 PM

11. I go to the BadLands quite often.. and in the early morning

they look like fruit sherbert.. by 11:00 AM the sun overhead washes them to putty color..but never ever ever.. the vibrant colors of these photos.. all I can say is WOW!

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 07:34 PM

13. Those mountains look delicious.nt

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 07:54 PM

15. THey only look like this if you're doing a tab of "clear light" ...or messing with

Photoshop.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 08:43 PM

16. Cool Stuff!!!

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 08:44 PM

17. They look like a more fantastic version of the Painted Hills in eastern Oregon

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Response to Maedhros (Reply #17)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 03:24 PM

34. Thanks for posting.

I can drive to eastern Oregon, but not to China.

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Response to Bette Noir (Reply #34)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 04:53 PM

39. If you visit the Painted Hills, try to do so in spring

when the wild flowers are in bloom.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 09:24 PM

18. The mountains are doing LSD now

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:26 AM

22. Wow.

Wouldn't Georgia O'Keefe had loved to have seen those!

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:35 AM

23. OMGawd.......

a b s o l u t l y b r e a t h t a k i n g.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:40 AM

25. amazing!

Thanks for sharing.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:43 AM

26. Colored play-dough - colorful until you mix it together.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:46 AM

27. Wow! That is so cool!

Thanks for sharing this DeSwiss!

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:52 AM

28. Amazing!!!

 

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:52 AM

29. Makes me wonder what kind of hydrological events took place back then

to create all the varied layers. Major floods and major erosion events taking place, only what did the original landscape (or waterscape) look like before those mountains were formed?

Semi-geology-geek here

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:57 AM

30. So are the penis stone and vagina rock located there

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Response to cali (Reply #30)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 09:05 AM

31. No, I have those at my house






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Response to Tansy_Gold (Reply #31)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 09:20 AM

32. not too shabby- but not as great as those in Danxia

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Response to Tansy_Gold (Reply #31)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 04:47 PM

38. I hate to bring this up, as I'm not an expert on such things...

...but, does that second pic look like the excised tip of a phallus?...

In fact, they both look like they could... well... nevermind.

TYY

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Response to TeeYiYi (Reply #38)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 05:15 PM

41. They are exactly what you think they are ;-)

Small pieces of druzy agate I picked up during a rockhunting expedition somewhere in the desert southwest USA.

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Response to Tansy_Gold (Reply #41)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 05:50 PM

44. Aah...

...thank you Tansy_Gold. Erotica in nature. Something I'm familiar with, living in central/southwest Utah.

http://www.erotic-nature.com/category/rocks-and-stones/

TYY

ETA: I'm not too swift today. I just noticed Cali's post...

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 02:21 PM

33. Yes they are REAL, but they don't look like that to the human eye.

They look that way to a digital camera with the Saturation Levels turned UP to Maximum Overdrive BURN IN.

If you look at the ones with the little Viewing Platform,
it is easy to THAT part was "shaded" from the Over Saturation.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #33)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 03:32 PM

35. Time of day has a lot to do with color saturation too.

At certain times of day, with the sun hitting just right, the natural colors would be somewhat enhanced. I doubt it would be as vivid as these shots show, but more color would be brought out for the naked eye.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 04:05 PM

36. The landscape along I40

on the New Mexico side of the Arizona/New Mexico border is stunning. Red and yellow cliffs. Wish I had some photos to post.
For my money it's one of the two or three most beautiful drives in this country.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 04:38 PM

37. Absolutely stunning!

As a geologist and an artist, I thank you for posting this link. Those photos are eye candy to these old eyes.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 05:27 PM

42. It's so odd that so many people including myself have never heard about this. You'd think that

this spectacular range would be as famous as Niagara Falls or Victoria Falls. Absolutely stunning. Thanks for posting.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 07:31 PM

48. Wow, thank you so much for posting the pictures!

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