Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
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A huddle of hoodoos. Bryce Canyon National Park turns 100
As the sun rises on Bryce Canyon, its snow-capped red rock formations start to glow. These slender towers are called hoodoos, and Bryce Canyon National Park has the highest concentration of them anywhere on Earth.
The hoodoos here have a soft base of sedimentary rock with a cap of more solid stone. The snow and frost of the Utah winter will eventually wear away the base, causing the cap to fall and leaving the remaining rock exposed to further erosion. Thankfully, these formations are still standing for now, allowing us to take in their natural majesty as the park celebrates its 100th anniversary.
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