Caption: Massive sandstone rock formations tower 800 meters above Zion canyon in Zion National Park in Utah. Zion's monoliths are composed of nine distinct, exposed and uplifted layers of sediments, which are part of the Southwest's Grand Staircase, an immense sequence of sedimentary rock layers that stretches 200 kilometers from Bryce Canyon to the Grand Canyon. Here in Zion, the layers were laid down over a 150 million-year period before they were thrust upward by the forces of plate tectonics and carved by erosion. The dark stains on many of the rocks is desert varnish, a coating that is associated with colonies of microorganisms. It is unclear whether the organisms are actually responsible for the varnish. Famous for its spectacular scenery, the 24 kilometer-long valley attracts more than three million visitors from throughout the world each year.

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Zion National Park

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