Twisted Hoodoo

July 01, 2021


Photographer: Stan Wagon

Summary Author: Stan Wagon & Cadan Cummings

This precarious geologic landform is called the Twisted Hoodoo and it's an extreme example of how weathering and erosional processes can lead to a striking balancing act. Located in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, the Twisted Hoodoo is one of thousands of hoodoos in the southwestern United States within the Colorado Plateau, with the most well-known areas being Bryce Canyon National Park and Goblin Valley State Park. The high prevalence of hoodoos in the Arizona-Utah border region is the result of Dakota Sandstone protecting the underlying Entrada Sandstone. A product of centuries of erosion and weathering, these balancing rock spires are formed when more resistant, harder stratum - in this case Dakota Sandstone - protects softer, less resistant geologic layers- for instance Entrada Sandstone- from wind, rain, and ice. This process is further accentuated in this part of the Colorado Plateau because the usual strata of Morrison and Cedar Mountain formations are missing from the geologic horizon.  

Photo data: SONY A6500 with 16 mm lens, 1/200 second, f16, ISO100

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