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Spearfish Formation

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On June 1st I was taken with this colorful bluff of the Belle Fourche [Beautiful Fork] River in Hulett, Wyoming. As far as I can tell, these rock layers are part of what geologists call the Spearfish Formation.

Half an hour later we saw more of it at Devil’s Tower.

Finally, on the way back to the Black Hills, we saw even more along Interstate 90:

I can’t remember if this last place was still in Wyoming or if we’d already crossed back into South Dakota.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 17, 2017 at 4:40 AM

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  1. Very Nice Steve!

    Reed Andariese

    July 17, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    • Those orange-brown strata are a landscape photographer’s delight, especially with blue and green serving as contrasting colors.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 17, 2017 at 10:01 AM

  2. nice pic


    July 17, 2017 at 9:02 PM

  3. Is that the river in the first photo? It seems so narrow; perhaps that bit of green in the lower left is an island in the stream, rather than the opposite bank. I smiled at your remark about not being sure whether that geological formation was in Wyoming or South Dakota. When I got to the high plains of Kansas — especially the state lines between Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado, the arbitrariness of the divisions became clear. The land didn’t care.


    July 18, 2017 at 8:33 PM

    • Yes, that’s the river. You can just see the near bank in the lower left corner. It’s not much of a river in this location, but the colorful bluff compensates for the narrowness.

      I like the way you put it: the land doesn’t care about the divisions we’ve imposed on it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 18, 2017 at 9:01 PM

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