Friday Field Foto #52: Permian Reef Trail, west Texas
I’m headed out for a short trip out of town, so this is really quick.
If you ever find yourself within a day’s travel of Guadalupe Mountains Nat’l Park in west Texas and southeastern New Mexico (which you should), make sure you take a day to do the Permian Reef Trail in McKittrick Canyon. Not only is it beautiful, but the trail is marked with signs explaining the geology of the area.
Today’s photo is a view from near the top of ridge looking out to the northeast. Essentially, the relief shown there is a product of going from reef crest to adjacent basin. In other words, the modern-day topography reflects the paleotopography of a reef rimming an ocean basin during the Permian!
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