Panographers: Episode 9

Images shown during my part of the Panographers Episode 9: Terrain of the American Southwest. http://www.panogs.com/panogs/2014/2/23/episode-9-southwest

Gunlock Reservoir is low on this day in early spring of 2014.  The boat ramp was closed last fall and now the hikers and campers have the state park to themselves.  From the looks of the snow pack in the nearby mountains, my guess is that no water...
Above our view point rise the jagged Redstone Peaks, the remnants of an ancient volcano torn part millions of years ago by the action of plate tectonics.  Below, the other worldly landscape shows a similarly violent past with the greenish brown of...
There isn't much in the way of non-technical discussion of the origin of the Devil's Playground. The viewer can refer to the Utah Geological Survey's page here: http://geology.utah.gov/surveynotes/geosights/devils_playground.htmDuring the Eocene, ...
This unusual rock formation formed when magma invaded the cracks of an ancient collapsed volcano here in central Utah around 30 million years ago.  As the magma cooled, it contracted.  Generally it is easier for the cooling magma to contract verti...
Frary Peak on Antelope Island rises 2,400 feet (approximately 730 meters) above the level of the Great Salt Lake to a peak of 6,597 feet (or 2 km).  Surrounded by the Great Salt Lake with its marshes and salt flats, Frary Peak offers an excellent ...
Just north of Angel's Landing, the West Rim trail passes along a ridge between the main canyon of Zion National Park carved by the Virgin River and the smaller Refrigerator Canyon below Cathedral Mountain.
This dinosaur track (likely a dilophosaurus) is located on the shores of the Red Fleet reservoir within Red Fleet State Park across from the marina and main camping area.  There are over 200 tracks along the shoreline, though many are difficult to...
  Fantasy Canyon is an erosion feature set in an ancient lake bed in the Uinta Basin.  The erosion of the softer shale left behind the harder sandstone to produce the very fine features observed in this little canyon. The shale deposits are also r...
The Wedge Overlook is actually a series of overlooks along the cliffs of the "Little Grand" canyon carved by the San Rafael river within the San Rafael Swell in Utah.  The overlook is accessed by a series of well graded (non-asphalt) roads.  As yo...