Titus Canyon
Steeply dipping strata of latest PreCambrian age (about 600 to 542 million years) and Cambrian age (542 to 488 million years) crop out in massive cliffs throughout lower Titus Canyon. The beds of dolomite shown in this image are part of the late PreCambrian-age Wood Canyon Formation and are located a short distance downhill from Leadfield (ghost town) near the entrance of the gorge where Titus Creek crosses the boundary between softer Tertiary-age sedimentary beds into the harder, denser, more ancient rocks. The rock layers in this image appear to have been folded into a syncline, but the apparent bend is actually a result of how the stream carved a bend in the channel relative to the steeply dipping strata (providing a good field-mapping lesson for training geologists).
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