Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bryce Canyon Overview

The thing about Bryce is that it is an intimate place. Even if you stay on the rim, you can be up close and personal with some of the most complicated and interesting rock formations in the world. Certainly, we've never seen anything like Bryce's hoodoos, white capped, red figures carved by erosion in fascinating shapes. Like the Grand Canyon, Bryce displays the multi-colored layering of sedimentary rock that not too many million years ago was the bottom of a shallow sea, but then was uplifted (to 9000 feet in Bryce's case, another 1000' for the Aquarius Plateau seen in the photo) The tilted "Sinking Ship" formation in the foreground demonstrates some of the folding caused by faults and volcanic activity.