Exfoliating pattern in Navajo sandstone, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA.
Exfoliating Navajo sandstone forms a pattern shaped like a panther head, in a fossilized cross-bedded sand dune of the Jurassic period. Hike to Rim Overlook, in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA. (Along the way, don't miss the side trip to majestic Hickman Natural Bridge.) Capitol Reef National Park is centered upon the 100-mile-long Waterpocket Fold, the steep eastern limb of the Circle Cliffs Uplift, formed in Late Cretaceous time, during the Laramide Orogeny. Pressure caused by the subduction of the Farallon Plate beneath the North American Plate along the west coast caused several huge folds like this in southeast Utah, USA. Steeply tilted Triassic and Jurassic rocks form the hogbacks of the Waterpocket Fold and Capitol Reef, which is built of dark-red dune-formed Wingate Sandstone, thinly bedded river deposits of the Kayenta Formation, crested by the massive, white, dune-formed Navajo Sandstone.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download