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Court Intrigue

This is probably the best picture I took on the tectonics field trip to Utah last week, and it was with my brand spanking new iPhone. Now powered by Verizon, thank you.

Three Gossips

Created by fracture-controlled weathering of sandstone, just like the rest of the rock formations and arches of Arches National Park, this group looked to me like three robed courtiers whispering, sharing, plotting the day’s latest. Humans are always scanning for familiar patterns, while the geologist also sees weathered aeolian sandstone of Jurassic age.

An internet search turned up that this outcrop is called The Three Gossips. We humans don’t look at things very differently at all.

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