With the snow-draped Sierra Nevada as a backdrop, unique erosion formations called sand tufa stand like giant cauliflower stalks in a dry Arizona lake bed. Before this alkaline lake went dry, tufa formed when a freshwater spring percolated from below and formed calcium carbonate deposits. When the lake’s level dropped, these fragile formations surfaced, and wind went to work removing the sand beneath the deposits.

Tufa: a porous rock composed of calcium carbonate and formed by precipitation from water, e.g., around mineral springs.