Galisteo Formation, New Mexico

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A large geologic formation located in north-central New Mexico between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe and the Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque. This area ranges from 900 to 4,000 feet in height and is characterized by a varied and layered mix of sedimentary strata including sandstone, sand, clay, limestone, and volcanic deposits. The formation contains many preserved fossils, dating as far back as 23 million years ago to the Paleogene period.

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"New Mexico soil, July 7, 2004" by Vilseskogen is licensed under CC BY-NC.

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