On this date in 1971, Capitol Reef National Park was established in south-central Utah.
Capitol Reef encompasses the Waterpocket Fold, a wrinkle in the earth’s crust that is 65 million years old. In this fold, newer and older layers of earth folded over each other in an S-shape. This wrinkle, probably caused by the same colliding continental plates that created the Rocky Mountains, has weathered anderoded over millennia to expose layers of rock and fossils. The park is filled with brilliantly coloredsandstone cliffs, gleaming white domes, and contrasting layers of stone and earth.
The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building, that run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold. (Wikipedia)
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