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Whiterocks Natural Amphitheatre, Snow Canyon, Utah, USA

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Between 175 and 200 million years ago, the region including Snow Canyon was part of a great dune desert at the western edge of the supercontinent Pangea.  The dunes deposited at that time were buried by river and later sediments as the environment changed.  Over time, the pressure from many thousands of feet of overlying sediment and the addition of cementing minerals fused the sand grains forming the petrified sandstone dunes that make up this natural amphitheatre.

Access to the amphitheatre is by way of an easy hike from the main road north of Snow Canyon State Park.  The adventurous may scramble to the saddle or one of the higher points for a view of Snow Canyon to the south.  From the amphitheatre, the hiker can see the prominent cinder cone to the east as well as the Pine Valley Mountains.

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This panorama was taken in Utah

This is an overview of Utah

Utah is a state located in the westcentral region of the United States of America.  Utah is the 13th largest state by area, ranks 34th by population and 10th by population density of the 50 United States.  Utah was the 45th state to be admitted into the Union, on January 4, 1896. Utah is landlocked, being bordered by the states of Idaho to the north, Wyoming to the northeast, Nevada on the west, Colorado on the east and Arizona to the south.  Utah is very mountainous and is a popular outing destination of the outdoorsman.  The state population is about 2.82M with 95% being Caucasian, 2.4% Asian, 1.7% Native American and 1.3% Black. The state capital and largest city is Salt Lake City.

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