National Park Mystery Photo 49: Layer Upon Layer

Do you know what this interesting geologic feature is? Can you tell us where in the National Park System it is located?

Mystery Photo 49 shows an interesting geologic feature in a national park. If you can tell us what this natural feature is and name the National Park System unit in which it is located, you will be eligible for our monthly prize drawing.

No Cheating! If we catch you engaged in sneakery we will make you write on the whiteboard 100 times:

Although most people will tell you that "April showers bring May flowers," some will say that "Although rain in April is annoying, it starts the flowers growing." Both versions of this simple rhyme (which apparently originated as a mid-16th century poem) illustrate the concept of patience. However, there is no attendant implication of delayed gratification, since no present reward is contrasted with one that is greater, but later.


Welcome back to the Winners Circle, viewmtn. Was it really that easy?

Easy, no. It won't be easy for many, but I since visited the park in question just last year, I got lucky! My normal batting average on these photo quizzes is a complete strikeout!

Stromatolite fossils in Capitol Reef National Park?

Sorry, Liffey; this photo does not show stromatolite fossils (stromatoliths) in Capitol Reef National Park.

Saddle Rock at Scotts Bluff National Monument?

Hoodoo at Zion NP

Not Saddle Rock at Scotts Bluff National Monument.

Not a hoodoo at Zion National Park.

It looks like Navajo Sandstone to me, most likely in Capitol Reef NP, though certainly the sandstone extends through Zion, Grand Canyon, etc. Or is the feature the Waterpocket Fold at Capitol Reef, which would allow for those spring wildflowers and plants to grow in the sandstone cliffs? (It's been a long time since I lived in Utah and visited these parks).

You are fishing in the wrong pond, volknitter. This photo was not taken at Capitol Reef National Park. In fact, it was not taken in Utah.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

No, 'fraid it's not Pictured Rocks, Kevin. But in some fashion, you're headed in the right direction!

The Painted Desert in The Petrified Forest NP

A sandstone bluff at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore?

I would have guessed Checkerboard Mesa in Zion, but you told volknitter is wasn't in Utah... hmmm....

Nada, nada, and nada. Although Liffey, as with Kevin, is headed in the right direction.

Are they sandstone bluffs on Isle Royale National Park?

They are not!;-)

Complete shot in the dark. I've seen features like that in quite a few places, so it could be almost anywhere. I'll just have to see if any hints are dropped the rest of the day . . .

I'll let the professor decide once he returns from his midday constitutional whether he wants to salt some hints...;-)

Part of one of the sandstone arches at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area?

Not one of the sandstone arches at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

It's a sunny, 74-degree afternoon here in central South Carolina, and a hike along the Saluda River has put the Quizmeister in a good mood. So, here is a hint -- actually two -- that may help you ID the Mystery Photo. This photo was taken on an island in a National Park System unit located west of the Rockies.

For ta:

If you can tell us what this natural feature is and name the National Park System unit in which it is located, you will be eligible for our monthly prize drawing.

KevinM and ta: You've got the right park, now tell me what the feature is.

Liffey, you've got the right island, now tell me what the feature is.

KevinM and Liffey: Think about what process or agent might create erosion like you see here.

Shore erosion

Folks, what you see in the photo at the center of attention here is an example of a type of natural feature. What could have caused the kind of erosion you see in that photo?

If you are asking if wave action was the agent of erosion, the answer is no.

You've got it, KevinM. Congratulations.

James Michener would be proud, Liffey, but you are overthinking this. You've already ID-ed the park and the island. Now just just tell what caused the erosion effects that you see.

It's just about the professor's bedtime, Ken, being the East Coast early riser that he is, so I'll fill in for him and welcome you into the winner's circle!

Ken, please hold the door open for ron erpelding and Tomp2, who were just minutes behind you.

Boy, watching the shop while the professor is whiling away the evening, no doubt with his feet up, ain't easy.

Liffey, if the professor read your latest, he'd say: "Ok, what's your final answer?" In other words, you've cited two factors that created the image in the picture. Which one is it?

I'm not sleeping, Kurt, just playing possum. Please tell tomp2 not to get too full of himself. The Quizmeister has never set foot on the island in question. ;o)

Good job, David Crowl, except for spelling. An A-. You are in.

Liffey and Eric have also solved this tough one. Good job.

Sorry, Caprice; that was a case of close, but no cigar.