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Lake Powell in October

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Lake Powell was formed by the Glen Canyon Dam, built at Page Arizona in 1963; it is just upriver from the Grand Canyon. Although a portion of the Lake is in Arizona, most of it is in Utah.
It is the second largest man-made lake in the US, almost 200 miles long (322km) with a coastline of nearly 2000 miles (3219km). Ninety-six major side canyons twist into the main channel of the Lake; some are 15-20 miles long (24-32km).

The dominant formation is Navajo sandstone, made of ancient sand dunes hardened into rock by pressure from deposits above them. The deposits eventually wore away and exposed the sandstone, which has been sculptured by water, wind, and time into the current formations. The brilliant red, pink, and brown canyon walls can rise hundreds of feet straight up.

Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural bridge in the world, is located in one of the side canyons. It is 290ft (88m) high, spans 275ft (83m) across, and is 42ft (13m) thick at the top of the arch. It was formed mainly by the action of water on the relatively soft sandstone. Water in contact with the sandstone dissolves the calcium carbonate (limestone) that cements the grains of sand. Water freezing and expanding in cracks breaks away entire slabs of rock. Over millions of years, a great variety of sculptures were created. Iron oxide and manganese colored the rocks various shades of pink, red, and brown.
Storm coming
Storm coming
Rocks
Rocks
A day hike
A day hike
Home for a week
Home for a week
Rainbow Bridge panorama
Rainbow Bridge panorama
Hiking break
Hiking break
Early evening
Early evening
Sandstone layers
Sandstone layers
Taking a break
Taking a break
Fun on the top deck
Fun on the top deck
Wall
Wall
Monument
Monument
Houseboat removal
Houseboat removal
Houseboat on the road
Houseboat on the road
Ridges
Ridges
Rocks on the rocks
Rocks on the rocks
Our spot
Our spot
Home
Home
Late in the day
Late in the day
Difficult hike
Difficult hike
Harry Potter and the Lake Powell Houseboat
Harry Potter and the Lake Powell Houseboat
Dangling Rope Marina
Dangling Rope Marina
On top
On top
Snack break for Barry
Snack break for Barry
Monuments
Monuments
Checking the camera
Checking the camera
Hiking
Hiking
Storm coming
Storm coming
Bouquet
Bouquet
Shoelaces
Shoelaces
Rock island
Rock island
Sunlight
Sunlight
Enjoying the evening
Enjoying the evening
A tilted hike
A tilted hike
Dwarfed houseboat
Dwarfed houseboat
On the Lake
On the Lake
Racing the coming storm
Racing the coming storm
Solitude
Solitude
Dinosaur track
Dinosaur track
End of the line
End of the line
Day hike
Day hike
Rock patterns
Rock patterns
Home for the night
Home for the night
Winding canyon
Winding canyon
Hiking
Hiking
Multiple layers
Multiple layers
Formation
Formation
Evening view
Evening view
Late sun
Late sun
Another hike
Another hike
Formation
Formation
King of the hill
King of the hill
Late afternoon on the trail
Late afternoon on the trail
A break
A break
A quiet spot
A quiet spot
Island
Island
Sunset over Lake Powell
Sunset over Lake Powell
Morning hike
Morning hike
W Rock
W Rock
Taking the small boat for a day trip
Taking the small boat for a day trip
Poetry in sandstone
Poetry in sandstone
The beauty of Glen Canyon
The beauty of Glen Canyon
Monument
Monument
Great scenery everywhere
Great scenery everywhere
View from the boat
View from the boat
Vista
Vista
Pinnacle
Pinnacle
Rock formation
Rock formation
Taking a break
Taking a break
Wahweap Marina in the distance
Wahweap Marina in the distance
Approaching storm
Approaching storm
Houseboat with helicopter
Houseboat with helicopter
Driving around
Driving around
Storm
Storm
On the trail
On the trail
Home for a few days
Home for a few days
Abandoned miner's cabin
Abandoned miner's cabin
Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow Bridge
Monument
Monument
Something interesting
Something interesting
Old mining area
Old mining area
Storm beginning
Storm beginning
Hiking to a butte
Hiking to a butte
An average evening for four hikers
An average evening for four hikers
Nice houseboat
Nice houseboat
Admiring...
Admiring...
Hiking
Hiking
Afternoon clouds
Afternoon clouds
Abandoned mine
Abandoned mine
Stormy
Stormy
Which way?
Which way?
Rain
Rain
Great hiking
Great hiking
Wallgreen
Wallgreen
Canyon wall
Canyon wall
Evening view from the top deck
Evening view from the top deck
Boating around
Boating around
Naturally occurring
Naturally occurring
Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow Bridge
Hiker admiring the arch
Hiker admiring the arch
On the Lake
On the Lake
Not sure what it is?
Not sure what it is?
Unusual rocks
Unusual rocks
Islets
Islets
Imagery in rocks
Imagery in rocks
Ridge
Ridge
Sunset
Sunset
Storm ahead
Storm ahead
Man and rock
Man and rock
Out in the small boat
Out in the small boat
The beauty of sandstone
The beauty of sandstone
Sunset
Sunset
Monuments
Monuments
Weather
Weather
Evening view from the top deck
Evening view from the top deck
The storm is close
The storm is close