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June 2002
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This National Park is located in the High Plateau region of the Colorado Plateau in Utah.
The park was named after Ebenezer Bryce, a pioneer who settled in this area in 1875.
By the turn of the century the unusual rock formations were already well-known. In 1923 the area was declared a National Monument and one year later a National Park.
Today Bryce Canyon attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year.
The rock formations took shape when sedimentary layers were compressed, uplifted and divided by fault-lines. At night, during winter months, the snow that had melted during the day would freeze forcing rocks apart. During summer the rain frequently arrived in the form of monsoons. Over time the water flowing through the fault-lines would cause erosion which ultimately resulted in canyons being formed.
The various unique forms of spires seen throughtout the park are called Hoodoos. They were formed by dolomite, limestone, siltstone and mudstone. Since the hardness of these rocks varies, they erode at different speed thus forming interesting shapes shown in my photographs.