Avalanche on Wall Street- Bryce Canyon NPS
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This Earth-cache is located on the Navajo Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park Services. On Tuesday May 23, 2006 the National Park Service closed the “Wall Street” portion due to rocks and debris making the trail impassable from a partial collapse of the surrounding canyon walls.
Bryce Canyon is a small National Park Service located in southwestern Utah. The park was named after Ebenezer Bryce, a Pioneer of the Mormon Faith and became a National Park in 1924. The unique geology of Bryce is famous for its “horseshoe-shaped” amphitheaters carved into the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Frost-wedging and rainwater has shaped the richly colored limestone of the Claron Formation into interesting shapes including slot canyons, windows and spires. The Claron Formation was formed sixty million years ago by sedimentary deposits collecting in a large lake. These sediments ranging from limestone, siltstone, sandstone and some conglomerate created the “Claron Formation.” Uplifting and faulting caused the massive blocks now called the Paunsagunt and Aquarius Plateaus which were eroded by streams. The cracks and jointing produced by the uplifting determine the location of the walls, arches, windows and natural bridges of Bryce Canyon. Also contributing to the shaping of these structures and the tall spires is the varying hardness of the rock layers. The Navajo Loop trail is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I did. To log this EarthCache: Since the 2 large rocks are now gone, I would like you to email me the name of the tall spires that adorn Bryce Canyon and the Navajo Loop. I also want you to post a picture of yourself or someone in your group with the gps somewhere beautiful along the trail. and another picture (or pictures) of some of the beautiful views along the way. Also send me the name of who's hammer is at the end of the Navajo Loop. (requirement after 11/25/07)
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