High Symmetry Palo Duro Hematite Cone

symmetrical cone

In this photo, the high symmetry often achieved by these cones can be seen.  Often they weather out looking just like
this one.  Because bedding planes are roughly horizontal within the sandstone, they usually have broken from the parent
rock along a bedding plane, providing a nice horizontal bottom.  This allows them to stand upright and un-attached after erosion,
commonly some distance from their parent rock.

In this photo the quarter on the right places this cone in the three inch size.  Broken green glass places its location close to
a place people pass frequently.  This one was still attached to the bedrock.