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Sat Aug 3, 2013, 03:07 PM

Rainbow Mountains In China's Danxia Landform Geological Park

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. The formations were shaped into the flowing valleys after thousands of years of rain and wind, and the region has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010.

Here's a photo showing some detail of the rich "layer cake" action going on.


While the photos are certainly incredible, there could be some slight photo manipulation going on to make the colors pop a bit more than they would naturally. This Flickr photo could be a more accurate representation, but still, the mountains are amazing.

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Sat Aug 3, 2013, 03:39 PM

1. Seen from space:


The Google satellite view of Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park.


Not as colorful but still rather striking.

Gansu is an odd shaped province. But it's historically important. The Silk Road goes through there and sections of the Great Wall are there.

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Sat Aug 3, 2013, 03:49 PM

2. amazing, Thanks!

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