Monday, September 8, 2014

Three Postcards from Arches National Park in Utah

Arches National Park

Delicate Arch, with an opening 32 feet wide and 46 feet high, provides a frame for the La Sal Mountains.  This dramatic free-standing arch is all that remains of a thin Entrada Sandstone fin sculpted by thousands of years of erosion. 

This is a Mailable Wood Postcard that is postmarked in 2013.
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Skyline Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

As are most arches, Skyline is the result of fracturing and erosion of an exposed sandstone "fin" or wall.  The fin itself was a product of erosion along fracture lines.  which in turn were caused by movement deep within the earth.  
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Double Arch
Arches National Park, Utah

The unusual Double Arch consists of two arches stemming from a common base.  the larger arch extends 165 feet from reef to base and towers 156 feet above the debris below.  It can be seen from the road in the Window's Section of the park. 

2 comments:

luvlinens said...

Great cards, I love the first one. I visited Arches it is absolutely beautiful. The Delicate arch in the first card is something to see. It is so high up on a cliff it is frightening to get to and also unnerving when you arrive. But definitely worth the hike to be there just once.

Brenda Perez said...

Someday I will make it out there. My aunt and uncle did a very long bus tour of all the national parks out there and they loved the trip! They said the same thing, "absolutely beautiful".