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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #86089: Bryce Canyon, USA
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    Bryce Canyon, USA

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    This desert landscape forms part of the Navajo Nation Tribal Park which the border between Utah and Arizona. The sandstones and other rocks of this plateau were laid down 270 000 million years ago. Many have been eroded into extraordinary shapes vividly coloured by and manganese. What we see today is just one stage in an process. Given a few more million years of , they will all have disappeared. The amphitheatre of Bryce Canyon displays an range of the patterns that wind and rain can create from rock. This maze of colourful almost pinnacles called Hoodoos has been sculptured by water and by the effects of heat and cold. This is part of the high Colorado plateau often hot by day and freezing cold by night. The cycle of freeze and cracks the layers of sandstone and limestone creating these intricate formations. The Paiute Indians who once lived on the rim of this canyon believed the Hoodoos to be bad people who, as punishment, had been turned to rock. When European settlers first discovered this spectacle, they drew on their own to name these curious formations. This is Thor's Hammer, by the Nordic god of thunder.

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