Arches National Park

A new word has enriched my vocabulary. An eon is a period of time that geologists refer to as the largest subdivision of time on the geologic time scale. It's an incredible log time compared to a human life, and it took eons of time to form the strange beauty of Arches National Park. Not only once but several times this place had been the bottom of the sea, lifted to sunlight again, became mountains that crumbled again, leaving large layers of salt as an unstable base for the rocky formations that continuously move, shift, lift, lower, turn, roll, tumble, fall and stack. Wind, water and sand rub and polish the soft stone. But if you expect arches to be a busy workshop, hammering with noise and activity, you are mistaken. Because every step in that endless transformation process takes eons.


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