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South Central Utah Geology > Mexican Hat, Utah by David Pivin

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David Pivin David Pivin
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0.27 Gigapixels
Date added
May 30, 2010
Date taken
May 14, 2010

Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i


Alongside Route 163 lies the balancing rock feature that gives the area its name. Behind the hat is a remarkable geological formation that looks like a zig-zag pattern on a bolt of cloth. The ridge is one of multiple folds in the top layers of sandstone that run north-south called The Comb.

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  1. David Pivin

    David Pivin (June 09, 2010, 01:41PM )

    The entire region is covered with layers of varying density. This particular erosion is likely a combination of wind and rain and even a river nearby that isolated this butte over a long time. There are many cliffs nearby that have a more durable layer on top that is constantly flaking off as the soft sandstone layers below are eroded by rainfall and freezing combined with wind. Here is a perfect example of wind/rain erosion: Note the caps of harder stone on each of the tall hoodoos in this shot I took at Bryce, about 130 miles away from this spot.

  2. Simon Martin

    Simon Martin (June 09, 2010, 01:08PM )

    It looks similar to rock formations near a beach where the sea has eroded the lower layers of a rock but the part out of the water is left unharmed. Do you know if this is how it was created?

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Panorama size: 274 megapixels (73288 x 3740 pixels)
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Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Image size: 5184x3456 (17.9 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-05-14 15:59:14 - 2010-05-14 16:00:33
Aperture: f/20
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ISO: 800
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