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Stop 6: Paradise Benches

Decipher the pattern of past ecosystems between desert and ocean.

Stop 6: Paradise Benches

Rocky wall of limestone layer from the San Andres Formation, above and below Glorieta sandstones, showing the history of desert- sea- desert in the ancient past.

Limestones of the San Andres Formation exposed here were formed on muddy seafloors during the Early Permian. Above and below are Glorieta sandstones. The pattern of sandstone-limestone-sandstone-limestone records the march of desert (sandstone) and sea (limestone) back and forth over time on this landscape.

This page was last updated on: February 11, 2022.