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Flowing Mud and Debris

Flowing Mud and Debris

Grand Staircase Escalante NM  (credit: SWP Media)

 

Utah's Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument consists of broad sandstone buttes, huge curving amphitheaters, and deep-walled canyons that bisect the high desert. The solitude of these vast redrock spaces draw visitors from the US and beyond who drive the winding roads or walk on wilderness tracks across solid landscapes. Rain is sparse but when it does fall, particularly during Summer monsoons, the rock-covered drainages and narrow canyons become danger zones. A geologist happened to observe the results of one downpour, from a safe position, to a normally dry riverbed in the Vermilion Cliffs on the Utah/Arizona state line. His video illustrates the power of mud and debris flows in the desert.

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