Cross-bedded sandstone main content.

Cross-bedded sandstone

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The Coconino Sandstone formed as a windblow sand in a desert environment. Prominent layers are visible, and within them are thinner, inclined layers known as cross-beds. They indicate the direction of the wind that transported the sand.

AMNH collection

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Earth Formation/Evolution

Keywords: Winds, Geology, Sandstone, Deserts

Audience: General