Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Wilderness of Rocks

Moving through country like this take time and a lot of effort. This image is in the middle of the Waterpocket Fold, a huge geologic formation that runs for over a hundred miles down through Central and Southern Utah. The theory is that that this complex formation began as a wrinkle in the rock as North America moved over the Pacific Ocean Plate. This formed a giant monocline, a structure with one steep side and one that is more gradual. If you we took look at these rocks from up in space, they would look like part of a fold with the smooth side to the east and the steep, folded side to the west. These canyons and rock formations formed after the initial uplift.

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