Bryce Canyon, Utah

Bryce Canyon, Utah

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Caption: Weathering and erosion. View of part of Bryce Canyon, showing the pinnacles formed by many millennia of erosion and weathering. The canyon was formed by the erosive power of a river, cutting into the rock as it was uplifted. The exposed rock faces and internal faults were then weathered, creating these bizarre pinnacles. The main weathering process was 'freeze-thaw'. Water from occasional rain or dew found its way into cracks in the rock. When the water froze, it expanded and broke parts of the rock away. After a thaw, the water could find its way into other cracks. The canyon is largely made of banded sandstone sediments, and is in Utah, USA.

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