Dean M. Chriss
Hoodoos and Henrys

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.