Goblin Valley: an 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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mimmo valenti on July 30, 2012

Magic Nature! Congrats, thanks for sharing


Greetings Mimmo

poludziber on August 1, 2012

Che dire, meraviglioso, like

Gabriel Avramovici on August 14, 2012

Amazing view!

Ali mankır on September 14, 2012


Filipunes on September 17, 2012

Dramatic picture. Likes another planet. L25

Lloret on February 6, 2013

interesting landscape, LIKE

Konstantin Khrapko on February 9, 2013


Croli on April 4, 2013

LIKE this very interesting landscape!

Greetings from Germany, Croli.

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