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Favorite thing: The Rocks in Red Rock Country are very old. The ones we are looking at are probably about 275 million years old. When you are looking at those rocks, you are also looking at the sediment deposition, layer from layer, millions of years back!
There are about four period layers of the rocks in Sedona. At the bottom is the Paleozoic period, then the Mesozoic Period; followed by the Cenozoic Period and the Era Period.
Each layer of the rocks in Sedona was deposited in its own geologic era. Some layers were deposited in shallow areas, some in river deltas and flood plains. Some of those red rocks' layers were hardened sand dunes!
Get a cake and cut it. At the bottom of the cake is chocolate. In Sedona, the bottom of the rock is actually formed during the Paleozoic period. During this era, fishes dominated the oceans and plants and amphibians wer just starting to live on land.
During the Paleozoic Period, these were formed: the redwall limestone. You will find this at the very bottom. Then sandstone. Then Watahomigi formation, etc.
At this era, T. Rex had not even evolved yet.
When we go visit Sedona, we are actually visiting and looking at a formation of the rocks that stood in time - about 275 million years old!
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