The Windows

The Windows, Arches National Park, Utah, USA, 25th October 2014.

Arches National Park, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

Arches National Park has the highest concentration of natural arches in the world.  The area has an unusual geology in that beds of Jurassic sandstone and mudstone were underlain by beds of salt.  The salt eroded away due to the ingress of water as the Colorado River established itself in the area, causing undercutting, fracturing and faulting of the rocks above.

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Arches National Park, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

The first stage in the formation of an arch can be the generation of a fin.  The desert region can be very hot in the day and very cold at night.  Even though it is a desert, there can be water present in cracks in the rock, which then intensifies those cracks through the heating/ cooling process slowly over time.  In this case, fracturing leading to the formation of fins can also be in part due to the stresses on the rock due to the dissolving of the underlying salt layers.

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Arches National Park, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

Once the fins are formed, then the holes appear through a slow process of the erosion of the face.

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Arches National Park, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

Ultimately, of course, the arches will collapse, though hopefully not when people are underneath.

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Arches National Park, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

Looking up.

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Arches National Park, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

Still the same arch, I think North Window.

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Arches National Park, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

I think this is South Window.

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Arches National Park, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

North Window again.

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Arches National Park, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

Turret Arch.

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Arches National Park, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

Turret Arch.

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Arches National Park, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

Looking North from Turret Arch, perhaps towards the parade of Elephants.

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Arches National Park, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

Perhaps looking South.

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Arches National Park, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

Turret Arch.

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Arches National Park, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

Looking East from near South Window.

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Turret Arch.

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Trivia point:  This is post number 500 in this blog, though there are less than that on display as I have hidden or removed some of the temporary ones.

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11 comments on “The Windows

  1. Jane Lurie says:

    Gorgeous shot of Arches, Murray. Such a fascinating place.

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  2. leecleland says:

    Great arch shots and I particularly like the Turret Arch in silhouette.

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  3. Fantastical formations! Stunning captures. Each shot made me ooh and ahhh more than the last. I’ve never been, so thanks for sharing!

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