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POTD March 21, 2017: Devils Garden Natural Area, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Devils Garden Natural Area, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Photographer: Bill Lund © 2017

Metate Arch, formed in the Entrada Sandstone, is a classic example of a caprock natural arch.

POTD December 13, 2016: Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, Kane County

A hard cap rock protects the softer underlying pedestal and neck of this hoodoo in the Jurassic-age Entrada Sandstone, in the Toadstools area of Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, Kane County.
Photographer: Mark Milligan © 2016

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‘Flash flood chaser’ captures incredible footage after storms hit southern Utah

fox13now.com

Flash flood chaser David Rankin is an expert at tracking storms and catching the resulting floods on camera, and after a series of thunderstorms this week he has two new videos showing Mother Nature’s awesome power at work.

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Hematite concretions eroded from the Navajo Sandstone. Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, Garfield County, Utah Photographer: Michael Vanden Berg; © 2014

POTD July 21, 2015: Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, Garfield County, Utah

POTD 7-21-15 hematite concretion Grand staircase-escalante

Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, Garfield County, Utah
Photographer: Photographer: Michael Vanden Berg; © 2014

Hematite concretions eroded from the Navajo Sandstone.

How the Giant “Cosmic Navel” Formed in Utah

Now that’s nothing to sneeze at!

smithsonianmag.com

With his latest work, photographer John Fowler brings a whole new meaning to the term “navel gazing.” This mosaic image, captured in late April, showcases a unique landform sometimes known colloquially as the Cosmic Navel—essentially a giant sandy pothole in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

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POTD October 21, 2014: Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, Garfield County, Utah

Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, Garfield County, Utah
Photographer: Michael Vanden Berg; © 2013

Iron concretions from the Navajo Sandstone, Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, Garfield County

Mars on Earth: How Utah’s Fantastical Moqui Marbles Formed

livescience.com

Hikers rambling through Utah’s candy-striped canyons sometimes come across a strange-looking sight. Where the Navajo Sandstone loses its iconic peach, orange and red stripes, hundreds of round, iron-coated stones often litter the ground.

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POTD May 21, 2014: The “Tower of Silence” along Wahweap Creek, Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, Kane County, Utah

The “Tower of Silence” along Wahweap Creek, Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, Kane County, Utah
Photographer: Gregg Beukelman; © 2013

Boulders of Cretaceous-age Dakota Sandstone act as protective caps and inhibit erosion of the soft Jurassic-age Entrada Sandstone beneath, allowing hoodoo spires to form. Water cascading over the Entrada Sandstone during rainstorms has carved an intricate network of rills.

Utah Park is a Gold Mine for Dinosaur Hunters

An exciting spotlight on some of Utah’s finest dino-country featuring James Kirkland, Utah State Paleontologist.

nbcnews.com

If you know where to walk and what to look for, dinosaur bones are easy to find at Utah’s  Grand Staircase-Escalante Park. KSL’s John Hollenhorst reports.

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National Geographic Features Utah’s Ancient Past
kcsg.com

The ancient swamplands of southern Utah, known today as the arid Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, is the topic for “Digging Utah’s Dinosaurs” – a feature article in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic Magazine released this week.

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Utah Is Becoming A Worldwide Dinosaur Destination
kutv.com

Just 75-million years ago modern-day Utah was a lush island landmass; paleontologists call this prehistoric region Laramidia.

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Dinosaur discoveries in Utah's 'amazing place' get national attention

deseretnews.com

In a geologic wonderland of south central Utah, dinosaurs happen.

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