No  Man`s  Land (California)

No Man`s Land (California)

by Silvia Favaro, Università Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italy

Zabriskie Point is located in California, within the Death Valley National Park. The rocks in the picture are part of the Furnace Creek Formation and are mainly composed by 5 Ma old clay-rich sediments, remnant of an ancient lake. Dry and extensively eroded soft terrains, characterized by minimal vegetation and lack of soil as the one at Zabriskie Point, are calld badlands.