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Petrified Forest / Painted Desert (104933)

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Petrified Forest /  Painted Desert   (104933)
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16 postcards, 2 duplicates and postcard booklet from the colorful Petrified Forest and Painted Desert in Arizona. Petrified Forest National Park crosses the border between Apache and Navajo country in northeastern Arizona covering about 30 miles. Petrified Forest National Park is known for its fossils, especially of fallen trees that lived in the Late Triassic Epoch of the Mesozoic era, about 225 million years ago. During those years that region was near the equator on the southwestern edge of the supercontinent Pangaea and its climate was humid and sub-tropical. The Painted Desert is located by the badlands in the Four Corners area running from the east end of Grand Canyon National Park and southeast into Petrified Forest National Park. The Painted Desert is known for its brilliant and varied colors, that not only include the more common red rock, but even shades of lavender. The Painted Desert was named by an expedition under Francisco Vázquez de Coronado on his 1540 quest to find the Seven Cities of Cibola. When he found that the cities were not made of gold, Coronado sent an expedition to find the Colorado River for supplies. They named the area El Desierto Pintado ("The Painted Desert") because of the beautiful colors.

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State/Country: Arizona
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