The Bisti Wilderness

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The Bisti Wilderness, Max Ridgway - guitar, recorded on January 19, 2016. The Bisti Wilderness is a desolate area of steeply eroded badlands located in the state of New Mexico. The name "Bisti" is translated from the Navajo word Bistahí, meaning "among the adobe formations". It is thought that 70 million years ago this area was the site of an ancient sea. When the water disappeared it left behind a 1,400-foot layer of jumbled sandstone, mudstone, shale, and coal that lay undisturbed for fifty million years. Six thousand years ago, when the last ice age came to an end, the receding waters of the melting glaciers exposed fossils and petrified wood, and eroded the rock into the formations now visible. There is also some evidence of prehistoric human activity in and around the Bisti Wilderness, specifically petroglyphs attributed to the Anasazi and Navajo burial grounds on adjacent sites.

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from Power Spot, released October 7, 2016

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