Time  4 hours 13 minutes

Coordinates 886

Uploaded April 7, 2015

Recorded July 2012

8,149 f
7,180 f
7.98 mi

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near Bryce Canyon, Utah (United States)

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The Bryce Canyon National Park is in the southwest of the state of Utah. In spite of its name, the Bryce is not properly a canyon but a great natural amphitheater formed by erosion.
The average elevation of the Bryce Canyon is between 2400 and 2700 m. Due to this variety of dimensions, the ecology and climate vary greatly from one area to another, offering a spectacular contrast.
The Mormons were the first targets to settle in the area around 1850, giving it the name in honor of Ebenezer Bryce, the first inhabitant of the area who came to say it was the worst place to lose a cow. The name of the park was also used to refer to a computer program responsible for simulating three-dimensional geographical landscapes.
It occupies an area of ​​145 km2. In an area of ​​30 km there are several amphitheaters, the largest being the Bryce Amphitheater, which measures 19 km long by 5 wide and with a depth of 240 m.
Bryce stands out for its unique geological structures, called hoodoos or fairy chimneys, formed by erosion of wind, water and ice. The game of colors of the rocks, red, orange and white recreate spectacular views.
The colorful formations of the hoodoos come from a system of sedimentary depositions typical of cold currents and lakes that existed between 63 and 40 million years ago (epochs of the Paleocene and Eocene). The different types of sediments were deposited when the lakes were losing depth and became swamps.
Erosion has caused the creation of these geological monuments. The pink cliffs, more easily eroded formed the hoodoos, while the harder rocks formed the monoliths. The pink color comes from iron oxide and manganese. Natural arches, walls and windows were also created. The hoodoos are composed of weak sedimentary rocks, whose cusp is composed of harder ones that protect the column from the elements. Bryce Canyon has one of the highest concentrations of hoodoos on Earth.
The relative scarcity of water in southern Utah has prevented human settlements and therefore allowed the conservation of all the ecosystems in the area.

Kilometers traveled according to GPS: 12.8. On the move: 3 hours, 30 minutes. Arrested: 1,15. Moving Average: 3.7 km / h. Total average: 3. Cumulative rise and fall gradient: 553/490 m

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