By Donald L. Baars

An easy-to-read geological heritage of the superb pink rock landscapes in southeastern Utah.Towering purple buttes, plunging canyon partitions, domes, pinnacles, spires, 10000 unusually carved forms—what customer hasn’t marveled on the land of rock in southeastern Utah that's Canyonlands Country?Canyonlands nation deals a different geological heritage of this extraordinary panorama, in language comprehensible by way of the non-geologist. the tale is as unusual and engaging because the land itself. each one uncovered rock layer has a distinct geologic historical past: one is a movement deposit, one other is an historic box of dunes, one other used to be deposited by means of shallow tropic seas. the golf green and Colorado Rivers started carving canyons thirty million years in the past, yet to appreciate such particularly fresh occasions Canyonlands kingdom takes us on a trip of 2 billion years.Tours comprise Arches nationwide Park, Island within the Sky, Needles District, The Maze and Elaterite Basin, Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons, Meander Canyon, and Cataract Canyon. 

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Page iii Canyonlands Country Geology of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks Donald L. Baars University of Utah Press Salt Lake City, Utah Page iv ©1993 by Donald L. Baars. All rights reserved. Revised edition. , and Canyonlands Natural History Association. All illustrations and photographs by Donald L. Baars, unless otherwise noted. Printed on acid-free paper. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Baars, Donald L.  Baars.  ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.

To list all these hardy souls would require a book in itself. Indeed no one person is responsible for more than a minuscule fragment of knowledge in this continuing fact-finding mission. Truly today's geologists are standing on the shoulders of giants who have gone before and have shown us the way. Page 5 Keeping Track The cliffs and buttes and canyons of Canyonlands country consist of layers of sedimentary rock, each having its own topographic expression, color, and mood. Any particular layer is strikingly different from those above and below, yet it can be followed as far as the eye can seeand far beyond.

Of course a professional skirmish broke out. '' Meanwhile Murchison and Sedgwick, in 1839, named the next younger geologic period the ''Devonian" for Devonshire, a lovely summer resort area in southwestern England. The next younger sequence of rocks in the region is the "Carboniferous System," the "coal measures" of central England. The actual coal-bearing beds are in the upper part, overlying a massive cliff-forming limestone known throughout western Europe as the Mountain Limestone. Although of totally different origin and surface appearance, the two rock types are still called the "Lower" and "Upper" Carboniferous in Europe.

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