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Wingate Sandstone

Wingate sandstone
Wingate Sandstone
NPS photo by Neal Herbert
 

Deposited:
Early Jurassic (144 to 208 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Massive, wind-blown sand dunes (like the Sahara today)

Appearance:
Towering red cliffs and spires

Examples:
Tall cliffs and features like Candlestick Tower and Junction Butte at the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands

Notes:
Wingate Sandstone is a member of the Glen Canyon Group which also includes Kayenta and Navajo and is the primary aquifer in the Moab area.

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