Water shapes the landscape of the Colorado Plateau more than any other force. Rain erodes the sandstone and carries sediment down washes and canyons to the Colorado River. The forces of erosion shape more than just the many fins and arches. Balanced Rock is an example of the various layers of rock that seem to defy gravity. The top boulder is hard Entrada Sandstone perched on a pedestal of mudstone. The overall height of Balanced Rock is 128 feet and the boulder alone weighs 3500 tons. Eventually erosion and gravity will cause this delicate formation to collapse. Balanced Rock is in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, USA.
July 6th, 2019
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