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Upheaval Dome, Canyonlands National Park

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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Upheaval Dome is an impact structure, the deeply eroded remnants of an impact crater, in Canyonlands National Park southwest of the city of Moab, Utah, in the United States. The crater is located in the Island in the Sky section of the park, and is approximately 42 miles (67 km) by vehicle from Moab.It is approximately 5 km in diameter and the crater is estimated to be less than 170 million years old (Jurassic or younger.) The crater is clearly visible on the surface as bright brown and black concentric rings.Stratigraphically, the oldest formation exposed in the center of the dome is the Permian Organ Rock Shale. This is overlain by the Permian White Rim Sandstone. Both are sometimes considered part of the Cutler Formation. Overlying these are the Triassic Moenkopi Formation (which is bounded top and bottom by unconformities), the Chinle Formation, the cliff-forming Wingate Sandstone, the Kayenta Formation, and the crossbedded Triassic-Jurassic Navajo Sandstone.
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  • Perhaps it is a mile & half round trip to the second overlook and it was a bit challenging. This trail included loose rocks, some steps, slick rocks and for the most part well defined path. A challeng...  read more »
  • Perhaps the strangest geological feature at the park, it is a mystery how this odd pale-turquoise stretch of land ended up exactly here. No other area in the park has anything like this. It is 1,500 f...  read more »
  • This is a somewhat challenging uphill hike to a very interesting destination. The first overlook gives you a great view into the creator but make sure to take the hike to the second overlook. It's wel...  read more »
  • The long hike around the dome and into the crater is totally worth it. I also got to see a Desert Big Horn on my hike.
  • every square inch of moab rocks!! finding dinosaur bones,petrified wood,gastroliths,coprolites,even gems stones in the la sal mountains!!
  • Fantastic View! One of the good viewpoints in the park!
  • It is about a 15-20min hike to reach the dome.
  • 上方是美国国家二级考古点
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