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Located on the Arizona-Utah state line, within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation, Monument Valley (Navajo: Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii, meaning valley of the rocks) is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 300m above the valley floor. The elevation of the valley floor ranges from 1,500 to 1,800m above sea level. The valley's vivid red color comes from iron oxide exposed in the weathered siltstone. The darker, blue-gray rocks in the valley get their color from manganese oxide.
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The buttes are clearly stratified, with three principal layers. The lowest layer is the Organ Rock Shale, the middle is de Chelly Sandstone, and the top layer is the Moenkopi Formation capped by Shinarump Conglomerate. The valley includes large stone structures including the famed "Eye of the Sun". Between 1945 and 1967, the southern extent of the Monument Upwarp was mined for uranium. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films, and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, "its five square miles have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West."
About the stamps
On the postcard 1732
The first stamp is part of Wedding series, about which I wrote here. The second stamp, depicting the lighthouse in New London Harbor (New London, CT), is part of the Forever series New England Coastal Lighthouses, about which I wrote here.
On the postcard 1733
The first two stamps are part of the definitives series American Design (2002-2007), about which I wrote here. The last two stamps are part of the series Modern Art in America: 1913-1931, about which I wrote here.
Monument Valley - Wikipedia
Monument Valley - The American Southwest
Sender 1732: Denise
Sent from Jericho (New York / United States), on 30.12.2013
Sender 1733: Denise
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 24.02.2014
Photo: Russ Finley