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Ancient Arizona

Today’s Arizona landscape is home to plateaus, monuments, buttes, rushing rivers, precipitous canyons, snow-capped volcanoes, great escarpments, dry washes, mountain ranges and broad valleys. Throughout the state, ancient deposits of copper, gold, silver, and a host of minerals have shaped Arizona's mineral history. In Northern Arizona, Grand Canyon slices a mile deep exposing a suite of rocks representing over a billion years of Earth history. The rocks tell a story that Dr. Ron Blakey (Professor Emeritus, Northern Arizona University) deciphered to create 16 paleogeographic snapshots of ancient Arizona landscapes.

Ancient Arizona

 

Click and drag the image above for a 360 degree view of the Rainbow Forest Bone Zone.

Petrified Forest Lesson Plan


Volcano Map

Arizona was once a land of volcanoes. Click on the map to see where they were and what they look like now.

Arizona was once a land of volcanoes. Click on the map to see where they were and what they look like now.

Additional Resources (note: Clicking these links will exit The Arizona Experience)

Download page for Springerville Volcanic Field Dynamic Digital Map by Chris Condit (Requires download. For advanced users of mapping services.)

Read more! Sedona Through Time: A Guide to Sedona's Geology by Wayne Ramsey is available in the Arizona Experience Store.