Badlands, Death Valley National Park, California

ID 2223

The Mio-Pliocene Furnace Creek Formation is approximately 4,500-feet thick and consists primarily of fine-grained clastic, carbonate, and evaporite rocks. These rocks were deposited in a lacustrine (lake) environment. Photographed at Zabriskie Point with the Panamint Mountains in background.

This vista point was named after Christian Zabriskie, for many years the general manager of the Pacific Coast Borax Company, which conducted mining operations in Death Valley.

This photograph was published on the cover of the AAPG Bulletin in March 1988.

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