|Las Vegas, Nevada - April 5, 2000 - Images by: Mike Townsend|
a business education teacher in Kamloops, British Columbia who taught much of his
career here in Saskatchewan and his brother Bruce is an engineer in Saskatoon. Together
they spent a week in Las Vegas and as part of their adventure they rented two Harley
Davidson motorcycles to tour around the city and see the sites. Despite the imposing
pictures on this page that make my mouth dry, Mike said he felt comfortable in the
inspiring surroundings of this weathered and eroded valley called the Valley of Fire.
To me it just looks like "hot stuff".
On Sunday Judy remarked that she was glad that we lived where we did where there are seasons and things change throughout the year. The temperatures in the Valley of Fire today are predicted to be in the 90sF so perhaps we can understand what she meant. All year long centuries after centuries the sun has been pouring down on these old rocks and the merciless wind has blown away crumbling bits leaving this pitted and red rockscape behind.
|There are two obvious reasons for rocks to take on this red colour. The presence of iron in the soil and rock will lead to the formation of iron oxide which is a red colour. However, with the red in the rock formation as we see here a much more likely explanation is the presence of the mineral "cinnabar" which is mercury oxide and often signals prospectors of the possible presence of gold bearing ore.|
Here is what Mike Townsend has to say about his visit to this unusal place. These comments were not available when the pictures were originally posted:
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