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Sedona stands at the base of the Mogollon rim surrounded by walls of eroded layers of limestone and sandstone. The red color comes from the iron oxide (rust). At one point the entire sandwich of stone layers was capped by basaltic (6-15 million years old) lava, no longer found around Sedona, but still visible at House Mountain near the Village of Oak Creek. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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