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Devil's Gate, Wyoming, USA

Visible from the road for several miles in either direction, but most apparent when traveling east to west, Devil's Gate is a narrow gorge cut through a ridge of the Granite mountains by the Sweetwater River.  The mountains are much older than the river, were covered in ash and sediment, and later uplifted so that erosion cleared away the cover.  The Sweetwater river, meandering through a broad valley became trapped in its own river bed when it uncovered the granite ridge, cutting through rather than going around the obstacle.  Today, the gorge is 400 feet across the top but only 30 feet across at the bottom.

Pioneers heading west would pass around the ridge to the south and camp in the area, exploring the gorge, carving their names on the rocks and making notes in their journals.  Immediately to the west, the area known as Martin's Cove has historical significance to the Latter Day Saints.  To the east, Independence Rock rises above the planes and bears the carved names of many pioneers.  The Oregon trail passes through and the whole area was a popular summer camp for emigrants heading west.

Copyright: John Roberts
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 18420x9210
Taken: 03/09/2011
Uploaded: 14/09/2011


Tags: river gorge; granite; geology; evening; outdoors; nature; public lands
More About USA

The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.

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