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Landscape Arch

By Bob_V    
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.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
27 Jan 2013 5:58PM
What a fascinating archway, Bob, very well captured. Carol

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fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
27 Jan 2013 6:29PM
Amazing natural structure well recorded.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 6:55PM
Stunning geology with wonderful facts.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
27 Jan 2013 7:16PM
An amazing and colourful image Bob. Very well captured
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
27 Jan 2013 7:27PM
Well illustrated and a fascinating read, Bob.

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
27 Jan 2013 9:19PM
A wonderful natural structure and not surprised you wanted a record of it. Really enjoyed the info too.

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
27 Jan 2013 10:22PM
Lovely shapes and colours.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
28 Jan 2013 12:50AM
Amazing scenery!
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
28 Jan 2013 2:40AM
Wonderfully clear shot and great write-up Bob, glad you got it before its gone, certainly looks very fragile.
Rgds., Jim
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
28 Jan 2013 4:34AM
What an amazing sight !! Excellent photo and most interesting write up !! Thanx for sharing this beauty with us SmileGrin
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
28 Jan 2013 5:27AM
An excellent shot achieving the blue sky and details

28 Jan 2013 5:17PM
a fascinating archway
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 10:32PM
A superb image and a good detailed description

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