Scenic USA - Oklahoma
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Points of Interest
|Photos by Ben Prepelka
Seen as the Blaine Escarpment on a topo map, the Panhandles of western Oklahoma and Texas were once covered in vast shallow sea that began filling with red shale and white gypsum about 250 million years ago. Trapped in a thick mud gumbo, gypsum crystals were formed in the compacted layers of rock and were eventually buried beneath more sediment. Over a long period of time, this area was raised up along with the Rocky Mountain. These red sediments and glimmering gypsum crystals became exposed after millions of years of erosional prairie winds and summertime cloudbursts.
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