nubbsgalore

nubbsgalore:

the colourful stratification of oregon’s painted hills, part of the john day fossil beds, were formed over the past 50 million years as layers of ash from multiple volcanic eruptions mixed with different types of soil and plant material from a once present river soil bed.

the colours speak to the region’s geologic eras, and its transition from a warm tropical climate — which supported lush forests with prehistoric elephants, camels and saber tooth tigers — to today’s temperate climate.

photos by (clic pic) mark brodkinrick lundhrocco megagary randall and lisa burke