Upheaval Dome, Canyonlands National Park

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Upheaval Dome is an impact structure, the deeply eroded bottom-most remnants of an impact crater, in Canyonlands National Park southwest of the city of Moab, Utah, in the United States. The crater is located in the Island in the Sky section of the park, and is approximately 42 miles (67 km) by vehicle from Moab.
It is approximately 5 km in diameter and the crater is known to be less than 170 million years old (Jurassic or younger, but how much younger is not established.) The crater is clearly visible on the surface as bright brown and black concentric rings.
Stratigraphically, the oldest formation exposed in the center of the dome is the Permian Organ Rock Shale. This is overlain by the Permian White Rim Sandstone. Both are sometimes considered part of the Cutler Formation. Overlying these are the Triassic Moenkopi Formation (which is bounded top and bottom by unconformities), the Chinle Formation, the cliff-forming Wingate Sandstone, the Kayenta Formation, and the crossbedded Triassic-Jurassic Navajo Sandstone.
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  • Upheaval Dome is at the end of the road going northwest in Island in the Sky. This is a nice little hike to go see something different in these hills. Enough of buttes, canyons and arches. Maybe this ...  more »
  • The trail to the overlooks is not difficult. All of the views into the interior are spectacular, particularly to anyone with a glimmer of interest in geology. Such contorted beds are rarely seen.  more »
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  • A gargantuan mystery in the heart of rock country. After some serious contemplating I have no I what could have caused this, my only explanation is whatever it did it, is buried deep under that sand...
  • Interesting place. Not necessarily best place in park but worth seeing, particularly if you like geological events.

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