Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock (HM1AYY)

Location: Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028 Apache County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 57.715', W 109° 47.935'

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More than 650 images adorn the boulders below - one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs in the park. People who farmed the Puerco River Valley 650 to 2,000 years ago pecked these petroglyphs onto the rocks, leaving a legacy etched in stone.

When rocks are exposed to the elements, a patina called "desert varnish" forms on the surface. Native people used sharp tools to chip into this veneer of iron and manganese oxides, clay minerals, and organic material, revealing the lighter colored rock beneath. The various shades of desert varnish are due to the amounts and ratio of minerals present. Blacker shades tend to be higher in manganese oxides, while redder tones indicated a higher amount of iron oxides.

The great variety of petroglyphs on Newspaper Rock includes anthropomorphs (human-like figures), zoomorphs (animal-like figures), katsinas (spiritual figures), hands and tracks, and geometrics.

Spotting scopes are provided to help you examine the petroglyphs below this overlook.
Placed ByPetrified National Forest Services
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 9:57am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 609654 N 3869478
Decimal Degrees34.96191667, -109.79891667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 57.715', W 109° 47.935'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 57' 42.90" N, 109° 47' 56.10" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4501-4665 Newspaper Rock Spur, Petrified Forest National Park AZ 86028, US
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