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TitleMoenkopi and overlying Chinle Formation, Utah Highway 24, Capitol Reef National Park, USA
DescriptionThe Moenkopi and Chinle Formations are both lower Triassic in age. The reddish slope is typical of the Moenkopi Fm. in the San Rafael Swell. The purple and gray slopes above are the Chinle Fm. These soft formations erode more easily than the sandstones above and below them, and so provide benches and breaks in slopes.
LithostratigraphyMoenkopi Fm., Chinle Fm.
Geologic provinceSan Rafael Swell
LocationUSA ▹ Utah ▹ Wayne. Near Hanksville. Photo taken from Highway 24 near the eastern edge of Capitol Reef National Park.
PhotographerDexter Perkins. 1999.
Key wordsMoenkopi Formation, Chinle Formation, San Rafael Swell, Utah, erosion
Tech details572 KB. Vista. Canon Eos Rebel, 55mm lens, Kodak Ektachrome Elite.
GeoDIL number101