Liesegang Bands

Liesegang banding results from iron being in the rock. When sandstone was underground a long time ago, it was saturated with ground water mixed with iron. Chemical changes then caused the iron to solidify as rust between the rock particles. The softer sandstone eroded away. The dark bands resisted weathering and  created the banded patterns in the rock. These are not fossils.

All these pictures were taken while hiking the Observation Trail at the Garden of the Gods in southern Illinois. (see earlier blog on the site.)

These were a drop in the bucket of photographic possibilities of liesegang banding. I could have emmersed myself for hours and hours of searching for and photographing these if I hadn’t had Buffy along.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on May 28, 2012 at 8:18 am

    all I can say is….”ooooooo ahhhhhhhhh!!!”


  2. Posted by Robert L. Harvey on March 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    These pictures are stunning! Many thanks for posting them.


  3. Wow, I could spend hours here also!


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