Monday, June 1, 2015

Rock Arches

Naturally formed rock arches are a geologic novelty. Technically an arch is a naturally created hole completely through the surrounding rock leaving an intact frame. Natural bridges are distinguished from arches by virtue of the fact that they span a watercourse. Natural windows are a subset of arches that appear in flat slabs of rock or lack the drama of a free-standing arch. Technically, this particular arch would be classified as a bridge. Many arches and bridges have become the major natural attraction in a particular area. There are a number of national, state and local level parks and monuments dedicated to an unusual arch or collection of arches. However, we keep finding large and small arches that are unnamed and relatively unknown. This arch is off the Hole-in-the-Rock road in southern Utah in an area known as the Devil's Playground.

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