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Elephant Head, Antelope Island State Park, Utah, USA

From the Elephant Head trail, you can see evidence of ancient Lake Bonneville, the ancestor of the modern Great Salt Lake. The flat “benches” or steps at regular distances above the modern lake mark the shoreline of the ancestral lake where waves pounded rock into sand. Along the trail west to Elephant Head point, watch for rocks that look like cement with lots of stones. Called diamictite, these rocks were probably deposited by ancient glaciers 1.5 billion years ago. Above the cement like layer, you'll see a tan-pink rock that looks a bit like marble, called dolomite. The dolomite forms some of the light colored cliffs and ridges you walk across as you head west to Elephant Head.

Copyright: John Roberts
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 20000x10000
Taken: 19/10/2013
Uploaded: 21/10/2013


Tags: desert; lakes; water; island; public lands; overlooks; geology
More About 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.Source: wikipedia

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