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Monday, December 30, 2013

Canyonlands: Green River Overlook & Upheaval Dome

Continuing with our September 23rd visit to Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky district, the first three images are from the Green River Overlook:

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The Green River can be seen winding across the floor of the canyon.

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This is an expanded view of the previous photo.

Next, we moved on to the Upheaval Dome area. First, a quick stop at Holman Spring Canyon Overlook:

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Holman Spring Canyon Overlook

Then a short hike to Upheaval Dome Overlook:
 
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Part of the short hiking trail to the first overlook into the crater of Upheaval Dome.

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A sign at Upheaval Dome

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This is a picture of a picture that's on the same sign.
It's an aerial shot, which would be the best way to view this phenomenon.

National Park Service literature says, "Upheaval Dome is an anomaly in the relative geologic order of canyon country. Here rock layers are dramatically deformed in a roughly circular or “bull’s-eye” pattern nearly three miles (5 km) across." Scientists are divided as to how it was created.

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Hiking back down the trail to the parking lot.

I'll have one more post from this national park in a few days. Stay tuned!

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful place and you have nice pictures, Linda!
    Greetings, SK

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  2. Awesome photos! (I tried clicking for a bigger pic, but got an error, pouting. ;)
    No telling what caused Upheaval Dome, but hazarding a guess I'd say people began to wax evil (kinda like these days) and were taught a lesson. As I say, just guessin'.
    Love the stones placed for the trail, too.
    Happy New Year, Linda!

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  3. looks like God's mortar - all that's missing is the pestle. :)

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  4. The more you show of Canyonlands, the more I want to go there. Your first photo is stunning. Upheaval Dome is fascinating.

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  5. Ooohh, I love a good mystery. :) The formations are so magnificent, bet it was hard to leave there. Love the stone pathway leading up to the Dome. They've left things as natural as possible and I like that.

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  6. Again, extraordinary landscape photography. The canyon in the first image almost looks like an alien landscape. Loved reading about the "bull's-eye" phenomenon in the rock formations. Must have been quite a sight in person.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  7. That first image of the river winding its way through the canyon is amazing. Now this dome, you say they're divided as to how it was created. I'm wondering what their theories are.

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  8. I say leave it a mystery...it is good for creative thinking. :)

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  9. Fascinating.I am so thankful for blogging friends who get to travel and then share their pictures. In this way I feel like I am seeing the country from my arm chair.

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  10. Your wonderful pictures show a landscape that is formidable yet beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I really like mysteries...and I absolutely love this series of photos, Linda!

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  12. We wish you a pleasant year change
    Until next year
    RW & SK

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  13. Very beautiful, the river cutting through the stone is amazing. Happy New Year!

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  14. Happy 2014 to you and yours. My wish for you is a year full of lots of JOY, PEACE, LOVE and BLESSINGS.

    Happy New Year. Wow---do I LOVE Canyonlands.. Upheaval Dome is quite interesting!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  15. Happy New Year, Linda!
    Big hug, RW & SK

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  16. i think you did more viewing of Canyonlands ... if i recall correctly we were on a rush ... so we saw a few spots & headed on to another area. so i thank you for the details. so fun to see what we missed. a lot of the time on our trips we have to pick & choose.

    Happy New Year!!!!!!!!! ( :

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