Cross-bedded Sandstone

Cross-bedded sandstone at Zion National Park

Detailed Description

Large-scale cross-bedding is common throughout Zion National Park. The cross-bedding is typical of ancient sand-dune deposits of the Navajo Sandstone. During Early Jurassic time (about 202 to 176 million years ago), the region was part of a great sandy desert, probably similar in size and scale to the ergs (dune fields) of the modern Sahara Desert or Arabian Peninsula (Blakey, 1994).


Image Dimensions: 800 x 598

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Location Taken: US