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Joshua Tree National Park - Mojave Desert Ecozone:
Nature Trail

White Tank Arch

Natural arch in Joshua Tree National Park

Nature Trail

    Introduction

    It is easy to wonder how this strange landscape, with its protruding boulders and high plateaus came to ...

    The Formation of Granite

    This type of rock is called White Tank Granite. It is an igneous rock which formed when hot magma or ...

    Mineralogy

    All rocks are composed of minerals, and mineral content plays a major role in the classification systems ...

    The Contact Zone

    Look across the valley at the ridge in the distance and you can see another type of rock that is ...

    Water at Work

    One of the most important factors in considering their evolution has to do with the natural ...

    The Arch

    Geological processes have created the arch over time. But in a geological framework, its existance ...

    Disappearing Soil

    In this photo you can see a rusty brown coating on the rocks which is known to geologists as ...

    Intrusions

    This blocky line of light colored rock is called an intrusion. It juts out from the surrounding rock because ...

    Sculpted Rocks

    The strange form of rock in this photo has been sculpted by processes known as cavernous ...

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Elevation 3,800
13 sites

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