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Checkerboard sandstone, Red Mountains, Utah, USA
Utah

The Red Mountains of southwestern Utah are a small range, a sandstone massif, stretching less than 10 miles north to south.  At the southern end, erosion and lava and successively carved and then filled the beautiful Snow Canyon.  To the east are the tall Pine Valley mountains and to the west, the lower Beaver Dam Mountains above Gunlock Reservoir and the Santa Clara river.

The sandstone here was originally deposited as a vast sea of dunes over 200 million years ago during the Jurassic age.  Hiking along the slickrock surface you can see the many layers of sand from the ancient dunes and observe the ancient wind changes in the changes of layer orientation.

Copyright: John Roberts
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 16384x8192
Taken: 18/01/2015
Uploaded: 31/01/2015
Updated: 06/01/2019
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Tags: desert; geology; mountains; outdoor recreation; public lands; red rock
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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