Canyonlands National Park - Near Chocolate Drops - Maze District

The Chocolate Drops are a formation in the Orgeon Shale formation in the Maze district of Canyonlands National Park. Standing out on top of a ridgeline, they can be seen from many areas within the Maze. Go to Photo Collection

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BYU Collection
Description Pinyon/juniper trees cluster at the base of the rock outcrop in the Maze while large cottonwood trees grow downslope in the lower right corner of the photo. The sandy soil below the rocks has a scattering of grasses and a few shrubs, both live and dead.
Date 1960
Photographer Unknown
Photo Source BYU Collection

Description The group of pinyon trees at the base of the rocks is nearly unchnged since 1960, though thelarge cottonwood to their right has experienced major branch death. The sandy soil has been more heaily colonized by grases and forbs and tamarisk. Patches of crust cover have established on the formerly bare areas of sand .
Date 2007-05-22
Photographer Schelz, Charles
Photo Source NPS - SEUG

Description The pinyon trees still show little sign of change. The cottonwood trees show that this photo was taken during the fall, and the seasonal reduction of green cover in the grasses and shrubs on the surface meakes the crust growth on the sandy soil even more visible in this photo. Some young tamarisk persist in the foreground while others have died back.
Date 2013-10-24
Photographer Lemke, W.
Photo Source USGS

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