Goblin Valley: Ancient Tide Pool, Utah

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"The unusual stone shapes in Goblin Valley result from the weathering of Entrada Sandstone. They consist of debris eroded from former highlands and redeposited on a former tidal flat of alternating layers of sandstone, siltstone and shale. The rocks show evidence of being near an ancient sea with the ebb and flow of tides, tidal channels that directed currents back to the sea and coastal sand dunes.

Joint or fracture patterns within the Entrada's sandstone beds created initial zones of weakness. The unweathered joints intersected to form sharp edges and corners with greater surface-area-to-volume ratios than the faces. As a result, the edges weathered more quickly, producing the spherical-shaped 'goblins'. " - From Wikipedia

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Comments (47)

Blaustich on December 28, 2012

"Mushrooms" came to my mind. Nature is still the best builder. L.

Michael Burton on January 22, 2013

I like the treatment you have given this image. It is perfect for the environment.

Pedro M on January 28, 2013

Tienes una galería muy interesante

Te paso a mi lista de fotógrafos favoritos

Gracias por tu visita,

Saludos cordiales desde España, Pedro M

Eslam Khaled on February 23, 2013

You will be added to the list of the best photographers,

Excellent snapshot image is very beautiful.

I like it greetings from Egypt.

Best wishes from *(Eslam Khaled)*Asyut

Ludwig28 on March 7, 2013

Very nice shot and interesting information, like.

Mone de Castro on April 27, 2013

Bonita foto. Estranhas formas esculpidas pela natureza. Saudações do Brasil.

Lloret on June 4, 2013

amazing looking rocks, LIKE

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Photo taken in Goblin Valley State Park, Green River, UT 84525, USA

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  • Uploaded on June 29, 2012
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    by Elena Omelchenko
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
    • Taken on 2011/05/19 06:46:15
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 6.09mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.590
    • ISO Speed: ISO100