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Oldest Exposed Bedrock on Earth

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 3 September 2015 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The rocky bluffs of the Wisconsin Dells are among the oldest exposed bedrock on earth, forming more than 500 million years ago, early in the Cambrian period. This particular kind of sandstone is also found in Potsdam, Germany and Potsdam, New York as well as in Zurich, Switzerland. The cliffs are remnants of ancient sand dunes, part of a desert that once covered the entire continent.

Photo captured August 7, 2015.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/9.5 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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3 Sep 2015 5:44am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Superb, so much information which I thank you for, we are but a lost speck in time !~

3 Sep 2015 6:47am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Impressive rocky bluffs and nice image .

3 Sep 2015 7:23am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Impressiv and beautiful photo !

3 Sep 2015 7:55am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Another beautiful image.:-)

3 Sep 2015 8:30am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautiful and excellently documented

3 Sep 2015 9:10am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fascinating geology and love the way you capture this detail from across the water.

3 Sep 2015 10:18am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Très beau paysage!!

3 Sep 2015 10:51am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique paysage.)

3 Sep 2015 12:09pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Thanks for sharing. Great view.

3 Sep 2015 12:42pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

My fave shot of the series, and a real beautiful vista!!

3 Sep 2015 1:37pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Beautiful shot!

3 Sep 2015 2:10pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Beautiful shot!

3 Sep 2015 2:10pm

Don from Spokane, United States

This picture is a fine example. The description of what we're seeing is excellent.

3 Sep 2015 2:54pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Beautiful image. Amazing formations. Thanks for the explanation.

3 Sep 2015 3:52pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It's truly amazing to learn the age of these formations. Their beauty is a bonus.

3 Sep 2015 4:50pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

The earthy tones are lovely.

3 Sep 2015 5:23pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is my favourite so far.

4 Sep 2015 12:22am

Carol from Leamington, Canada

That certainly is an awesome capture.... beautiful colors and the rocky bluffs are so cool!

4 Sep 2015 1:00am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

It is amazing to think how old these rocks are. I love the layers. A gorgeous image!

4 Sep 2015 1:01am

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

A very superb composition Steven !! I live close to Potsdam, New York and love the sandstone architecture in that area !! Excellent post with very interesting details !!

4 Sep 2015 1:59am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantasituqe rndu sur la roche et pierre et ce plaque superposée et le pins splendide.

4 Sep 2015 4:41am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Une autre magnifique vue sur ces strates !!

4 Sep 2015 10:07am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I like this view

4 Sep 2015 12:39pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France


4 Sep 2015 2:42pm

Moridi from Tehran, Iran

Very nice. Superb.

4 Sep 2015 6:21pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Amazing rocks. Look like the cut trees.

4 Sep 2015 8:06pm

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Impressive and beautiful place here! Beautiful colors and tones. Very well done.

4 Sep 2015 8:13pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful rocky formation, like the colors here.

7 Sep 2015 10:37pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting and very impressive.

9 Sep 2015 12:42am

Anne from France

Very interesting, I should go and visit!

12 Sep 2015 5:28am

fereshteh. from Iran


13 Sep 2015 6:57pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Nice capture of it. Perfect day to photo.

19 Sep 2015 5:42pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Beautiful landscape. Love the green.

26 Sep 2015 11:35am