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Arches named America’s prettiest national park in winter

ksl.com

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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Survey Notes v.48 no.1, January 2016

The latest Survey Notes is here!

Survey Notes v.48 no.1, January 2016

Our latest issue of Survey Notes is here! Find articles on the new Ogden 30′ x 60′ geological map, the Markagunt Gravity Slide, and more among our regular feature columns.

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Eavesdropping on Arches: Rock’s Internal ‘Hum’ Reveals Its Health

Just like a heart monitor, the “hum” of Mesa Arch shows that it’s in good health, and safe from collapse for now. Read more how scientists are assessing the internal health of our arches!

livescience.com

A spectacular rock arch in Utah is safe from collapse for now, according to a study that used a new technique to listen to the arch’s natural “hum” to measure its internal health.

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Beautiful Utah: Arches National Park

huffingtonpost.com

They’re called “Miracles of Nature,” and it’s not possible to find a higher concentration of them anywhere in the world outside of Utah. Arches National Park contains so many natural red sandstone arches that there isn’t a specific count (over 2000 have been found in the park), and erosive forces over the course of time mean they’re constantly being created (by erosion) and destroyed (through natural collapses) in a geologically dynamic desert landscape.

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America’s ‘ringing’ rock arches recorded

What are Utah’s Arches trying to tell us? Read more in this article about an arch’s “song” that scientists are looking at.

bbc.com

These geological wonders adorn the Colorado Plateau in the southwestern US – not to mention the desktop wallpapers of countless computers worldwide.

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Nature’s Arches: Photos of Stunning Sandstone in the American Southwest

‘Arches’ glad we shared these stunning photos with you? Have a great Monday, everyone!

livescience.com

Check out these stunning photos of natural sandstone arches in the American Southwest. These incredible geological formations are a reminder of the power and beauty of nature.

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How Does Nature Carve Sandstone Pillars and Arches?

smithsonianmag.com

Some of the most stunning structural feats aren’t built by architects or sculpted by artists. From Bryce Canyon to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of central Europe, sandstone arches, alcoves, and pillars around the globe look strikingly similar to the same features in manmade architecture. So, how does nature do it?

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Reasons to hike Devil's Garden

ksl.com

There is no doubt that Delicate Arch is the most iconic image for Utah. Because of the dominance of that giant red inverted sandstone horseshoe, some visitors to Arches National Park miss the Devil’s Garden trail — a section of the park that offers much more scenic hiking and a plethora of unique arches.

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There is no doubt that Delicate Arch is the most iconic image for Utah. Because of the dominance of that giant red inverted sandstone horseshoe, some visitors to Arches National Park miss the Devil’s Garden trail — a section of the park that offers much more scenic hiking and a plethora of unique arches.
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POTD August 8, 2013: Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah

Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah
Photographer: Michael Vanden Berg

A small window in the Slick Rock Member of the Entrada Sandstone frames a view of Utah’s most famous landform, Delicate Arch. The arch is composed of Jurassic-aged sandstone including the Slick Rock Member (base and  pedestals) and Moab Member of the Curtis Formation (bridge). In the distance, Oligocene-aged igneous rock forms the snow-covered La Sal Mountains.

POTD June 24, 2013: Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah

Arches National Park, Grand County
Photographer: William Lund

Delicate Arch is formed of Jurassic-age sandstone—the Slick Rock Member of the Entrada Sandstone (base and pedestals) and Moab Member of the Curtis Formation (bridge). With a horizontal span of 32 feet and a vertical span of 46 feet, Delicate Arch is small compared to many other natural arches, but its free-standing nature makes it unique in the world and emblematic of Utah’s spectacular red-rock geology.