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Most of Capitol Reef's rocks are sedimentary, these are from the Moenkopi Formation, created 225 million years ago as silt and clay from lagoons, mud flats and coastal flood plains when the environment was a moist, tropical climate.
Later intense crustal pressure reactivated a fault buried deep beneath the sedimentary rock layers of the Colorado Plateau. Resulting with the overlying rock layers folding or bending into a one sided slope called a monocline. This 100 mile (161 kilometers) long wrinkle was uplifted 6,800 feet (2,000 meters) higher on the west side. It was named the Waterpocket Fold because of numerous potholes, tanks or pockets that hold rainwater and snowmelt.

Since its creation the Waterpocket Fold has been beset by the forces of erosion, including weathering, material transportation, chemical wearing, and the effects of gravity. Frost, plant roots, internal water seepage, and flash floods have all played a part in the drama of Capitol Reef. Deposition, uplift and erosion are the major geologic processes which created this landscape.

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