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White Rim Sandstone

White Rim Sandstone
White Rim Sandstone
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

Deposited:
Permian Period (245 to 286 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Wind-blown beach sands

Appearance:
White, cross-bedded sandstones forming cliffs and caprocks

Examples:
White canyon rim marking the inner gorge of the Colorado and Green rivers at the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands

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