Pieces of the Puzzle

Pieces of the Puzzle (HM1CZ1)

Location: Mitchell, OR 97750 Wheeler County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 38.991', W 120° 16'

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The ground before you is like a puzzle. A long streak of color breaks off, then seems to continue in the next hill, but at a different level. To connect the pieces, look for similar color, thickness, and sequence in a series of layers.

Ash and pumice from the ancestral Cascades and local volcanoes buried this area layer by layer. The colorful layers before you were deposited 33 million years ago. Soil formation processes affected each layer differently. Clays were formed and deeply buried, turning to stone. Underground forces lifted and faulted the strata, interrupting the symmetry.

The red in the Painted Hills is from rusty iron minerals, oxidized by long exposure. The golden layers reveal a mix of oxidized magnesium and iron, metamorphic claystone minerals. Black hash marks are rich with manganese. Each of the colors represents a different geologic process.

This valley is a gently contoured theater of geologic change, with erosion from rain the latest sculptor.
HM NumberHM1CZ1
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 2:18pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 716737 N 4947688
Decimal Degrees44.64985000, -120.26666667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 38.991', W 120° 16'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 38' 59.46" N, 120° 16' 0.00" W
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Area Code(s)541
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 609 Overlook Trail, Mitchell OR 97750, US
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