White Ghosts
Most outstanding for the Grand Staircase of Utah is its wide variety of the landscape. These hoodoos are located at the margin of the Kaiparowits plateau. The snow-white sandstone belongs to the so called Tropic Shale. These sands were sedimented in a marginal sea during the late Cretaceous age that covered large parts of central northern America. Overlaid are adamantine dark rocks that can resist the erosion much easier. The dark sandstone therefore well protects the snow-white formation from intense thunderstorm precipitation during summertime. This interaction between Geology and Meteorology forms the fragile White Ghosts of Utah.
June 2005
Canon 20D, EF-S 10-22mm, f/22, 1/8sec, ISO 100, polarization filter, tripod