Gobi Desert: the red rocks of Bayanzag.

Hi folks!

It was a bright, clear morning, and it was time to head further along the route of our express-journey across the Gobi Desert. Next port of call – the Flaming Cliffs, aka Bayanzag.

It’s around about here where many dinosaur bones and even whole dinosaur skeletons have been discovered. And the internet tells me it was here where the first fossilized dinosaur eggs were found. Yes, I think that’s highly likely: I’m sure they could have simply fallen out of these here red-rock cliffs that were eroded over the years to expose them. And anyway, besides their usefulness to prehistorical studies, these red rocks and cliffs are also delightfully beautiful – and very reminiscent of Utah. U.S.A.:

It would appear that the earth around these parts isn’t all that hardy. In places one can see signs of rain (which does fall, believe it or not, even in the Gobi Desert) having turned the top layers of the dirt/dust/crust into a mushy clay. However, since it’s so hot and dry in the Gobi Desert that wet mushiness quickly gets dried up, toasted, and transformed into a hard stony substance. And the effects of the erosion can then take on rather crazy formations. Like these, for example:

…In places even arches are formed:

Arches eventually collapse:

There are neat paths along the tops of some ridges:

A ‘chip off the old block’!!

The horizontal lines here are formed by denser, stronger earth. I wonder, can one tell from the sedimentary rock whether those are from locust years or years of abundance? Or was it centuries? Or was it that the dinosaurs multiplied and trampled the earth down?!

I also wonder… – how these here round rocks sticking out of the cliffs were formed? They reminded me of the Moeraki Boulders in NZ: also a mystery as to their origin.

Yes – a highly interestingly, intriguing place!

Well I wasn’t expecting to see these. Dozens (hundreds) of goats out here in the lifeless desert?!

Some were more curious about us than I was of this section of the Gobi Desert!

Others seemed to stand tall, firm and proud: ‘We’re in charge here. Ok?!’

And beyond the red-rock formations – the inevitable steppe ).

Lunch among saxaul trees. That was a first!

Dusk approaches; the colors become richer, redder!

A perfect setting for some meditative sitting…

…Until it gets too dark. Time to go…

And at night – out come the stars en masse. Nothing quite like a night sky in the desert…

That’s all for today folks. Back tomorrow!…

All the pics form Mongolia and the Gobi Desert are here.

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    Interesting questions Eugene:

    The abundance of Dinosaurs found in the region indicates a multitude of them in the area. The logical conclusion one can come to , some kind of catastrophe occurred within in a very short time , causing the distinction of the dinosaurs very suddenly.

    This could also explain the various ‘structures’ of rock formation.

    Where the impact of the catastrophe from above had been the most direct the sedimentary rock would have been the most solid because of the force of the impact , forcing the earth to shift, creating the cliffs and various boulders as a result …

    At least this is my view!


    By earth I mean any structure which may have been in existence at the time, which may not have been the same as we see it now.



    By suddenly, I mean ‘relatively suddenly’! Their distinction may have been in stages , leaving some enough time to lay eggs into the cliffs created by the catastrophe from above.
    However , because of the catastrophe their life span had been limited…

    Also the Mexican Astronomical disaster may have been preceded by smaller impacts before that time… This could explain their extensive fossils finds… Or something like that … :)

    Sorry about the PPS’s



    The abundance of Dinosaurs fossil found in the region indicates a multitude of them in the area. The logical conclusion one can come to, catastrophes occurred within relative short periods of time, causing the distinction of some dinosaurs suddenly and others within a relative shorter period of time.

    If an asteroid had hit this area , ( before the Mexican Astronomical disaster, in particular a mountainous area existing at that time) , then this area would have been flattened causing the solidifying of the sedimentary rock, and dispersing some of the rocks all over the place!

    After the Mexican Astronomical disaster , the whole area has been transformed to the environment which can be seen now, causing the “full extinction” of the dinosaurs …

    I hope this makes more sense :)

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