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The geological history of the Grand Staircase of the Escalante, just to the north of the Grand Canyon, formed one of the most striking landscapes of the entire Colorado Plateau. The abundance of colors and shapes greatly exceed that of the famous Grand Canyon. The Grand Staircase is fractured twice along a 100 mile (160 km) long fault line. Many different sedimentary rock types from different origins and ages are located just within a small area of this fracture zone. One of these dreamscapes is the remote and barely reachable Wave. The erosive force of the wind formed this fragile wave out of sand that petrified 300 million years ago when this landscape was dominated by dunes in an arid continental environment.

June 2005
Canon 20D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm, f/22, 1/10 second, ISO 100, polarization filter, tripod

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