This past weekend I attended The Amaz!ng Meeting 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Sunday some friends and I drove out to Red Rock Canyon just outside Las Vegas. Red Rock Canyon has some amazing geology– I’ll write up a post about the geology in the next week or two. For now, here are some pretty pictures of rocks… plus a bonus picture of magician Penn Jillette and I.
View from the Visitor's Center.
Looking back towards Las Vegas.
Enormous cross-bedding in the Aztec Sandstone.
Standing in front of some sandstone cross-bedding.
Iron oxide concreations in sandstone, with foot for scale.
Another view looking back towards Las Vegas.
Another picture of me with beautiful sandstone cross-bedding in the background.
More sandstone cross-bedding!
Gorgeous red and white sandstone.
More red and white sandstone.
A closer look at the red/white boundary.
Enormous fossilized sand dunes, with person for scale (lower right corner).
500 million year old limestone on top of 200 million year old sandstone-- what a fault!
Another stunning view of the Aztec Sandstone.
Another look back towards Las Vegas.
Looking closely, you can see the casino where I stayed (South Point).
I took a closer look through the binoculars...
Sure enough! That's the South Point Casino-- the big yellow building.
Bonus picture! Penn Jillette and I.