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State Rock: Sandstone

Sandstone is the official state rock.  It is a common sedimentary rock found throughout the state.  Sandstone probably began as the floor of ancient Lake Lahontan or an early ocean.  The movement of the earth's crust that formed the mountains and valleys of Nevada left huge deposits of sandstone.

Sandstone has often been used as a building material.  The quarry near the State Prison in Carson City provided stone for the Capitol and a number of other state buildings.  The Valley of Fire in Clark County exhibits some spectacularly beautiful sandstone formations.  Sandstone was named the state rock in 1987.

Photo Credit:
Nevada Commission on Tourism