Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Pipes in Kodachrome Basin State Park

When geologists explain about the origin of rock layers and other natural phenomena, they assume a basic philosophy called uniformitarianism, or the assumption that the same natural laws and processes that operate in the universe now have always operated in the universe. There are several theories about the origin of the pipe rock formations in Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah. None of the theories seem to account for all of the observed conditions. The large free-standing pipe-like rock formations are almost unique to this one small area of the Colorado Plateau. Any of the current explanations for their existence would seem to require that these types of formations would be more common. My opinion is that we can only rely on our past experiences and observations to the extent that we understand them.

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