The Ring-Shaped cliff Danxia in China

China Scenic - - GEOLOGY -

In 2010, the south­ern Chi­nese Danxia re­gion was in­scribed as a UN World Her­itage Site. Known as the “China Danxia”, this is a group of six sep­a­rate red sand­stone land­forms. Ge­o­log­i­cally re­lated are the Danxia cliffs, a rene­gade land­form that at the same time seems pe­cu­liar and im­pos­si­ble. At the area where Sichuan, Chongqing, and Guizhou in­ter­sect, ge­ol­o­gist Li Zhong­dong found a vast land with Danxia cliffs that cov­ers more than 13,000 square kilo­me­ters. Th­ese imag­i­na­tion-de­fy­ing red-rocked cliffs scat­tered through­out the Danxia for­ma­tion share the same ethe­real red rock and ero­sional de­vel­op­ment of the rest of the “China Danxia”, they are an anom­aly: the Danxia cliffs are a unique and mys­te­ri­ous ge­o­log­i­cal world unto them­selves, and un­der­stand­ing their ori­gin helps us un­der­stand the ge­o­log­i­cal mak­ings of China.

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