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Bryce Canyon National Park

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Bryce Canyon is located on the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. It is famous for its unique geology consisting of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters. Erosional forces have shaped the colorful limestone rock of the Claron Formation into bizarre shapes including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called "hoodoos."


Main Article: Strata
The Grand Staircase is an immense sequence of sedimentary rock layers that stretch south from Bryce Canyon National Park through Zion National Park and into the Grand Canyon.

One of the most outstanding features of Bryce Canyon are the layers of sedimentary rock called strata that have been exposed by the erosion event that carved this immense canyon system. Layers of sedimentary rocks hundreds of feet thick blanket the world, and can be traced across entire continents and even correlated with layers on other continents. By comparing the sequence of layers from various areas, the cross section of strata known as the geological column was developed.

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Bryce Canyon National Park website

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