Scenic USA - Colorado
Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of attractions, points of interest, historic sites, state parks and
national parks found throughout the United States. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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West Elk Loop
|Photos by Roger Gillette
After a drive through some of the highest mountain peaks in Colorado, it's hard to believe this area was once a level seabed. The period of this area's deformation is known as the Laramide Orogeny, reaching its zenith about 60 million years ago. It is thought that crustal buckling forces generated thick folded, faulted and metamorphosed strata. However, ideas regarding the uplifting process are part of an on-going debate.
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