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Looking west from Dreamy Draw, in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, in Phoenix, Arizona.

   Easily noticeable at places within the are sets of brownish or blackish looking rocks and cliffs like these above Dreamy Draw, just to the west as the Piestewa Freeway (aka Squaw Peak Parkway, SR51) cuts through the range.
   Fascinating among things about geology are those moments when you really see what you are looking at.  In this case, these dark stained are the evidence of very ancient () submarine iron-rich hot springs!
   Formations like these occur in the vicinity of submerged (in an ocean) volcanoes, and so this shows that some of the rocks in the Squaw Peak area were once part of a landscape not unlike that of today's Aleutian Islands or Japanese Islands.
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  You can read more about the rocks in this picture in my GeoStory™ called "Time Travel and other Everyday Things".  It is in PDF version, so you can print it easily, and there are more GeoStories™ available, too.
  The scene above is number 3, in a series of 4 views in the Squaw Peak area of Phoenix, Arizona.

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