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Protected formation: Cathedral Rock constitutes one of Sedona’s most visible landmarks and purportedly the site of a geomagnetic vortex. Like most of the isolated buttes that define the valley, the formation was cut by the action of Oak Creek after which the hard cap of limestone protected the soft, underlying sandstones from erosion.

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Water trickles, the earth heaves

Vivid geology of Sedona bears witness to the death of stars, the drift of continents, the power of water and the thoughts of rocks

Oak Creek swishes and sighs at my feet as the day dies, the rising moon reflected in its pensive waters. Lifting my eyes to the darkening form of Cathedral Rock, I try to imagine upheaval, catastrophe, flood and violence.


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