Bryce Canyon Land of mysterious hoodoos

Bryce Canyon National Park is located in Southern Utah atop the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument and just east of Zion National Park. This is the land of mysterious Hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion).

Hoodoo Fortress

The results of a very long term erosion process which has occurred over eons of time, Hoodoos are created from the continuous cyclic process of frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. These unusual structures produce a very strange fortress or palisade effect that runs along miles of cliff faces all throughout this section of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. In the First Nations Paiute language Paunsaugunt means ""Home of the Beaver".

Paunsaugunt Plateau

Some of these hoodoo structures reach a height of 200 feet (60 m). And though visually stunning, Hoodoos are not the main feature of the park, instead it is the collection of giant natural amphitheaters that range along the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. These make up the beautiful overlook points scattered around Bryce Canyon.

Rainbow Point Overlook and the Promontory

Bryce Canyon is a spiritually enchanting place which provides a tranquil sense of peace and inspiration at the wondrous natural time worn Hoodoo sculptures. These can range in size from that of an average human to over 200 feet tall. Originally sedimentary rock, Hoodoos are shaped by the erosion patterns of alternating hard and softer rock layers.

The name given to the rock layer that forms hoodoos at Bryce Canyon is the Claron Formation. This layer has several rock types including siltstones and mudstones but is predominantly limestone. Thirty to 40 million years ago this rock was "born" in an ancient lake that covered much of Western Utah. Minerals deposited within different rock types cause hoodoos to have different colors throughout their height.

Rainbow Point Overlook

The following video is an Ambient HD Environment film which showcases Bryce Canyon in a beautiful setting with haunting music. Please view in the highest settings with your sound turned up. Enjoy and thanks for checking out this Spark Presentation.

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