Rainbow Mountains: Danxia Formations In China

On April 18, 2013 by Lazer Horse

Danxia Rainbow Mountains - Farmers

The Danxia formations are situated around 600 miles west of Shanghai, in the Gansu province of China. They stretch for hundreds of miles and some of them are now UNESCO Geoparks, spared from development or over trampling.

The Danxia formations are made predominantly of red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous. I can’t really find any description of how or why the colours formed this way, well not any I can understand, but I gather they are strips of sandstone that have been compressed over millions of years.

As for the colours? Who knows. It looks incredible though:

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