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The second event began while layered younger Precambrian sediments were being deposited on top of the beveled surface of older metamorphic basement rocks.
This deformational event shifted the crust vertically, creating thinning and thickening of some sedimentary layers as they were being deposited.
In just a few million years, during Late Miocene to Pliocene time, older rocks were intensely faulted and sheared.
In some areas all that remains of some thick rock layers are lens-shaped pods of rock bounded on all sides by faults.
The massive expanse of white is made up of almost pure table salt.The two events responsible for the chaotic appearance of the Amargosa Chaos didn't occur until over half a billion years later, during Mesozoic or Early Tertiary time.This third event folded the layered Precambrian and Cambrian sedimentary rocks.This pan was first created by the drying-up of 30-foot (10 m) deep Recent Lake 2000 to 3000 years ago.Unlike at the Devils Golf Course, significant rainstorms flood Badwater, covering the salt pan with a thin sheet of standing water.The saucers are formed after the salty pan begins to dry and the salt crystals expand.Badwater is a salt flat that is beneath the face of the Black Mountains that contains the lowest elevation in North America at 86 meters (282 ft) below sea level.Called the Artist Drive Formation, the rock unit provides evidence for one of the Death Valley area's most violently explosive volcanic periods.The Miocene-aged formation is made up of cemented gravel, playa deposits, and much volcanic debris, perhaps 5,000 feet (1500 m) thick.Artist's Palette is on the face of the Black Mountains and is noted for having various colors of rock.These colors are caused by the oxidation of different metals (red, pink and yellow is from iron salts, green is from decomposing tuff-derived mica, and manganese produces the purple).