White Pockets Study in Black and White
White Pockets is a gnarled expanse laid bare right at the transition between the white and reddish orange sandstone. It has twists, multi=color striations of white, yellow, red orange and pink, pock marks and pools that sometimes fill with water, mushroom like protrusions, strange bulges that look like brains, polygonal fracturing and wave-like features. The processes that have given yield to these bizarre rock formations stump even experienced geologists. Some think the area was liquefied in an ancient earthquake, which distorted the sandstone layers while they were still soft, before they were buried under the oceans for millions of years and turned to stone under the enormous heat and pressure. White Pockets is located in a very remote area of Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona.