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Landscape Arch is in the Devils Garden section of Arches National Park. Landscape Arch is an arc natural arch eroded in Entrada sandstone. Arc natural arches are considered old and near the end of their lifecycle. It is hard to believe that a piece of rock like this can exist. In its thinnest section the arch is only 6 feet thick, yet it supports a span of rock 290 feet long. Indeed, this arch could collapse at any time: any day, any year, any decade, or any century.

On September 1, 1991, a 73-foot slab of rock fell out from underneath the thinnest section of the span. This was captured on video by a Swiss tourist who happened to be behind the arch at the time. On the sound track of the video, another hiker can be heard saying "I don't think I want to walk back under there!" The rock that fell, however, was probably not structurally important to the arch. In fact, by reducing the weight of suspended rock, the arch was probably strengthened.

On June 5, 1995, a 47-foot mass of rock fell from the front of the thinnest section of the arch, followed by another 30-foot rock fall on June 21. Due to these events the Park Service has closed the loop trail that once led underneath the arch.

I got some shots of this great arch, but seeing as you can't get close to it and the sun was wrong this is one of the best shots I got of it. It was a must see, because the park rangers are saying it could collapse at any time. Thanks for all your comments and clicks on my previous upload.
Bob

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
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Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Jan 2013 - 9:23 AM
Title:Landscape Arch
Username:Bob_V Bob_V
Uploaded:27 Jan 2013 - 5:40 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 5:58 PM

What a fascinating archway, Bob, very well captured. Carol

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 12915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 6:29 PM

Amazing natural structure well recorded.

Albert

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32335 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 6:55 PM

Stunning geology with wonderful facts.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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canonfan
canonfan e2 Member 3canonfan vcard United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 - 7:16 PM

An amazing and colourful image Bob. Very well captured
Jim

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WhiteRose1 e2 Member 4966 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England129 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 7:27 PM

Well illustrated and a fascinating read, Bob.

Dave

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 9:19 PM

A wonderful natural structure and not surprised you wanted a record of it. Really enjoyed the info too.

Ann

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 10:22 PM

Lovely shapes and colours.
Rende

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 12:50 AM

Amazing scenery!

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JimV
JimV e2 Member 7JimV vcard Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 2:40 AM

Wonderfully clear shot and great write-up Bob, glad you got it before its gone, certainly looks very fragile.
Rgds., Jim

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Hermanus
Hermanus  1 South Africa
28 Jan 2013 - 4:34 AM

What an amazing sight !! Excellent photo and most interesting write up !! Thanx for sharing this beauty with us SmileGrin

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1080 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
28 Jan 2013 - 5:27 AM

An excellent shot achieving the blue sky and details

Petert

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
28 Jan 2013 - 5:17 PM

a fascinating archway

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 - 10:32 PM

A superb image and a good detailed description
Steve

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