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8 of the most colorful 'painted' hillsides in the world

March 28, 2014, 2:15 p.m.
An aerial view of the Painted Desert in southern Australia

Photo: paleontour/Flickr

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Painted Desert, South Australia

Arizona isn't the only place in the world where you'll find a spectacularly painted desert. Deep in the heart of the Australian backcountry is this psychedelic landscape. Dusted by residue from an ancient inland sea and brushed by leached minerals, the rainbowed desert is about 80 million years in the making.