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Comb Ridge is a large formation of Dine Sandstone that is first seen just North of Kayenta and parallels the highway for many miles until it turns North towards Utah. The ridge is a exposed rock layers that have been bent at the Comb Monocline. These layers of rocks appear angled charply upward at a horizontal level. They have weather into bare rounded surfaces. The teeth seen in the ridge are fairly rounded due to the errosion of exposure of the wind, sand, and rain.
From Navajo “Dine” stories, Comb Ridge is part of the female figure called Pollen Mountain which encompassed Navajo Mountain as the head, Black Mesa her torso, Balakai Mesa her feet, and Tuba Butte and Agathla Peak her breasts. While Comb Ridge is one of her arms.
Written Dec 31, 2009