Field Study: Palo Duro Canyon. 12 x 18.
Right out in the middle of the Texas panhandle where you can see open
prairie all around for miles, the ground drops away to form this great
canyon. The top ledge is white while the earth beneath is bright red
iron oxide. The ground is so red that any green grass or bush seems
fluorescent in contrast. It is no accident that this area is the
source of color for the mighty Red River that divides Texas from
Oklahoma. Its distinct pattern of erosion creating small spreading
ridges called "Spanish Skirts" and its white accents and greens rank
it in beauty right up there with De Chelly and the Grand Canyon.
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