Checkerboard Mesa, Utah, USA

Checkerboard Mesa, Utah, USA

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Caption: The formation of Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park, Utah, is not entirely understood. The horizontal layers result from sedimentary crossbedding, but the vertical crack effect comes from an undetermined method of swelling and shrinking.

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