Waterpocket Fold ~ Cedar Mesa
These are the strange geological formations of Capitol Reef National Park. The cream-golden colored rocks down the middle of the image are known as the Waterpocket Fold. This is a monoclinal fold that extends nearly 100 miles (160 km) in the semi-arid plateau of the central part of Utah.
The very small jagged looking area that sits at the bottom of Waterpocket Fold on the right is called Oyster Shell Reef and is an exposed section of the fold along the headwaters of Halls Creek, south of Divide Canyon. This is where ancient fossilized oyster shells are exposed along the reef. Cedar Mesa is the solitary green patch of desert forest on the upper right side of the image. For the full story on this image visit the corresponding page on Where Eagles Fly