Dean M. Chriss
Hoodoos and Henrys
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In this photograph Utah's snow capped Henry Mountains serve as a backdrop for
red sandstone hoodoos just after sunrise. Hoodoos form when there is a harder rock layer
above a softer one. Cracks form, the harder layer protects the softer ones from
erosion, and the erosion forms columns.
The Henry Mountains
were the last mountain range added to the map of the 48 contiguous U.S. states
in 1872. They remain among the most isolated and remote places in America. In the Navajo
language they are still referred to as Dził Bizhiʼ Ádiní, or "mountain whose
name is missing". A herd of about 350 bison roam the Henrys.