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By Donald L. Baars

An easy-to-read geological heritage of the fantastic 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 special geological background of this striking panorama, in language comprehensible via the non-geologist. the tale is as unusual and engaging because the land itself. every one uncovered rock layer has a special geologic background: one is a circulation deposit, one other is an historical box of dunes, one other was once deposited by way of shallow tropic seas. the golf green and Colorado Rivers all started carving canyons thirty million years in the past, yet to appreciate such quite fresh occasions Canyonlands state takes us on a trip of 2 billion years.Tours contain 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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Preexisting folds and faults had been present since the Precambrian, "set in concrete" more than a billion years before the Laramide Orogeny was even a gleam in anyone's eye. The Laramide event only did what it could with what it had to work with, and that was already a mess. Many geologic horror stories spontaneously evaporate when that concept is seriously considered. " Such misconceptions are exactly why we must look back to the beginnings of earth history to gain an understanding and full appreciation of the country we fondly know as Canyonlands.

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.  Geology, StratigraphicUtah.  Title. 92'5dc20 93-23140 Page v CONTENTS List of Maps vi Preface vii Part One: Geologic History 1 1. Canyonlands Country 3 2. The Colorado Plateau Province 8 3. It's About Time 20 4.

Geologists really have few clues to work with, yet they try to make a reasonably coherent story from the facts available. Consequently there are sometimes as many interpretations as there are "detectives" working on the case. Geology is an ever-changing subject; some changes result from increased understanding through continuing work while others are largely political. That applies to Canyonlands country, but this second edition is as factual, correct, and timely as one opinionated geologist can make it.

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