Scenery Images of Amazing Painted Hills of Oregon

Involved in scenery images, Painted Hills is attracted by thousands of tourists every year. More specifically, these are interested in geology and paleontology, and more photographers who loved these relevant scenery come to there too. Within 1,267 ha, it become a protection area of US government. It does belong to the complex of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Note that the given name of Painted Hills is from multi-layered coloring. That is, each layer plays important role for a certain geologic time period. Reading more

It is one of the three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. It is located in Wheeler County, Oregon. It has 1,267 ha and is located 14 km northwest of Mitchell, Oregon. It is categorized as one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. Its name is after the colorful layers of its hills in response to various geological eras. It was formed when the area was an ancient river floodplain. The black soil (i.e. lignite) was vegetative matter being grown along the floodplain. The grey coloring is mudstone, siltstone, and shale. The red coloring  (i.e. laterite soil) was formed by floodplain deposits while the area was warm and humid. More info: en.wikipedia.org

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