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Death Valley - Viewpoint sign at Artists Drive

Text: “A Palette Of Color. More than five million years ago, repeated volcanic eruptions blanketed the landscape, depositing ash and minerals. The volcanic minerals were chemically altered by heat and water, with variable amounts of oxygen and other introduced elements. Chemical analyses have identified a paint pot of elements: iron, aluminum, magnesium, and titanium, but no copper. Some of the colored minerals here include red hematite and green chlorite. This is truly a natural artist’s palette of color splashed across the slope. The time of day, clouds, and the rare rainfall shift the intensity of colors, making each visit slightly different.”

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