Burning Mountain

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Burning Mountain (7,267 feet or 2,215m.) is on the north bank of the Colorado River, seen here on the left with both Interstate 70 and the Denver & Rio Grande RR paralleling the river, in Garfield County. This view to the west was taken from the western (and highest peak) of Mount Medaris (6,075 feet or 1,852m.) a low ridge which overlooks the town of New Castle (out of the frame to the lower left). Battlement Mesa is also visible at the left but on the south bank of the Colorado with early snow on the mountains further west just visible between the mesa and the southern (left) shoulder of Burning Mountain in this view. To the right of the mountain is Castle Valley with Elk Creek at the base of the mountain and then curving in an "S" bend, marked by the leafless grey trees, across the valley floor (If you enlarge the frame the creek itself is visible at the lower curve of the "S".). Notice also the diagonal upthrust from left to right of the rock formations of the mountain which is characteristic of the overthrust which formed the Rocky Mountains. View is a little north of west.

(Submitted to the November, 2012 Panoramio contest in the category Scenery.)

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  • Uploaded on November 30, 2012
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    by mg1744