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Upheaval Dome, Canyonlands National Park

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Upheaval Dome is an impact structure, the deeply eroded bottom-most 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 known to be less than 170 million years old (Jurassic or younger, but how much younger is not established.) 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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  • Most of the overlooks at Canyonlands are of epic, vast stretched of land. Upheaval Dome, by contrast, is a single geographical feature. The landscape is unique because of the still little understood p...  more »
  • Nice little hike, but was expecting a different view when I got to the top. The dome was interesting, but not as scenic as many of the other overlooks in this great national park.  more »
  • it's unique but won't top any lists for memories or views. go there to see the geology and story but not a must see  more »