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Inquiry Question

Historical Context



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Visual Evidence

Photo 2: Thor's Hammer and surrounding area, Bryce Canyon National Park.
[Photo 2] with link to higher quality photo.
(National Park Service)

Promotional materials for the Grand Circle Tour claim, "In the maze of fancied architecture uprising from Bryce's sunken is not difficult to find pagodas, mosques, castles, cathedrals, organs, pyramids, suspension bridges, leaning towers, flying buttresses and stairways, colonnades, walls with niches and windows."¹ Some of the names associated with these formations include, the Wall of Windows, Tower Bridge, Queen's Castle, and Thor's Hammer.

Questions for Photo 2

1. Why do you think many of Bryce Canyon's formations are likened to buildings?

2. What kind of shapes do you see in the formations in this photo? What names might you give them?

¹The Union Pacific System, "Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Cedar Breaks, Kaibab National Forest" (Omaha, Neb.: no publisher given, 1929), 34.

* The photo on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a high quality version of Photo 2, but be aware that the file will take as much as 30 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.



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