The Zhangye Danxia,China
The Danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast, southwest and northwest China consisting of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs.
This is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China, formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age.
The landforms look very much like karst topography that forms in areas underlain by limestones, but since the rocks that form danxia are sandstones and conglomerates, they have been called “”pseudo-karst”” landforms.
This particular landform, the Zhangye Danxia in Southwest China, was declared a World Heritage Site in 2010.