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Another shot from the Burr Trail, near Boulder, Utah, at sunset. I cropped and sharpened this image, that's all. This is in an area called the Grand Staircase National Monument. What you see here are two of the steps!

Beginning at the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Grand Staircase goes north and embodies a huge area, ending at the highest step with Bryce Canyon. If you recall from an earlier shot, Bryce Canyon had a few inches of snow on the ground. This is a few thousand feet lower than Bryce and a few thousand feet higher in elevation than the Grand Canyon. Each "step" of the Grand Staircase is made up of a sedimentary layer of rock. Altogether, the whole area had once bulged upward and then eroded away, creating these interesting, and beautiful, formations.

The red sandstone is from the Wingate layer. Just below it is the Chinle sandstsone that is a slightly different color. Above it (that you can't see) is the thinner but denser Kayenta layer, and then above that is the Navajo sandstone, which is the white sandstone of some of my previous images. So you can see here that I'm several hundred feet lower than the photos in which white sandstone appears.

It's all just geology! Sorry! But I find it fascinating. I know most of the plants of Utah, and now I'm trying to learn the geology as well.

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Additional Photos by David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783)
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