Photographer's Note

Nature's masterpiece, Zion National Park took "a bit of time" to create. It took about 150 million years of sedimentary action to lay the foundation. Sediments deposited by a warm shallow sea, streams, and lakes, and the vast desert sands blown by winds.
Uplift then raised the sedimentary formations more than 10,000 feet. Streams and rivers took advantage of the uplift and eroded and cut into the landscape, sculpting sandstone formations.

Today the erosion processes continue with the Virgin River transporting annually 3 million tons of sediment. The Virgin cuts away its canyon faster than tributaries can cut away their own streambeds, so tributaries end in waterfalls from hanging valleys.

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
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