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POTD April 04, 2017: Modern dunes, Arches National Park

Modern dunes, Arches National Park
Photographer: Kent Brown © 2017

Modern dunes (foreground) consist of sand weathered from bedrock such as the Wingate Sandstone (skyline), which similarly formed from sand deposited in dunes 200 million years ago.

POTD February 14, 2017: Arches National Park, Grand County

Arches National Park, Grand County
Photographer: Gregg Beukelman © 2017

Defying gravity, an estimated 3500-ton sandstone boulder of Jurassic-age Entrada Formation perches atop a pedestal of less resistant sandstone of the Dewey Bridge Member of the Carmel Formation and forms Balanced Rock at Arches National Park. Snow-capped peaks in the background are the La Sal Mountains, a Tertiary-age laccolith.

Arches National Park seeks public’s help finding rock graffiti vandals

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Arches National Park is seeking the public’s help in finding who is responsible for vandalizing one of the park’s rocks with graffiti.

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Delicate Arch, a 65-foot-tall natural arch in Arches National Park, Grand County, is composed of Jurassic-age sandstone including the Slick Rock Member of the Entrada Sandstone (base and pedestals) and Moab Member of the Curtis Formation (bridge). Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah Photographer: Marshall Robinson; © 2015

POTD March 23, 2016: Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah

POTD 3-22-16 Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah
Photographer: Marshall Robinson; © 2015

Delicate Arch, a 65-foot-tall natural arch in Arches National Park, Grand County, is composed of Jurassic-age sandstone including the Slick Rock Member of the Entrada Sandstone (base and pedestals) and Moab Member of the Curtis Formation (bridge).

‘I Love’: Arches National Park

What places in Utah do you love? Check out this little video highlighting one of our favorites—Arches National Park.

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People from around the world come to southern Utah’s Arches National Park to see its iconic imagery that is “always beautiful.”

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Arches named America’s prettiest national park in winter

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Compiling a list of America’s prettiest national parks is no small task. Even if limiting yourself to the winter season and excluding all national monuments and recreation and wilderness areas, you’re still left with 59 spectacular contenders including the likes of Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone — considered America’s three “crown jewels.”

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U of U studying shifting stability of Utah’s iconic arches

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The red rock arches of southeastern Utah attract visitors from around the world. The majestic structures have stood for thousands of years, but they could possibly collapse over time.

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Sandstone Arches and National Parks: Testing for Collapse Likelihood

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Things are humming right along at Arches National Park.

That is, scientists who wondered about possible internal damage in the 88-foot-long Mesa Arch at Canyonlands National Park-one of more than 2,000 sandstone arches in two national parks in that part of Utah–now have an answer. They learned by employing seismometers to hear the arches’ natural humming, then monitored the sounds for telling changes. Their report was recently accepted for publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah Photographer: Sonja Heuscher; © 2014

POTD June 15, 2015: Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah

We had to turn our air conditioning on this weekend—it’s getting hot! Cool down with this photo while we thaw out our spectacular Utah Geology.

POTD 6-2-15 Delicate Arch, Arches

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah
Photographer: Sonja Heuscher; © 2014

The view through North Window arch in The Windows Section of Arches National Park reveals snow-covered sandstone spires and fins of the Jurassic-age Entrada Sandstone. The spires and fins result from weathering and erosion along parallel fractures, or joints, in the rock. Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah Photographer: Sonja Heuscher; © 2014

POTD June 4, 2015: Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah

POTD 5-26-15 Arhces National Park

Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah
Photographer: Sonja Heuscher; © 2014

The view through North Window arch in The Windows Section of Arches National Park reveals snow-covered sandstone spires and fins of the Jurassic-age Entrada Sandstone. The spires and fins result from weathering and erosion along parallel fractures, or joints, in the rock.