After leaving the
Grand Canyon, our group travelled to Lake Powell. Lake Powell is
one of the largest artificial lakes in the world, formed when Glen
Canyon dam was erected on the Colorado River. We stayed at a hotel in
Wahweap for two nights. Above is a picture of the crowded marina near
FLIGHT OVER LAKE POWELL
morning after our arrival at Lake Powell, we took a somewhat
turbulent flight over Lake Powell to Monument Valley
in a nine-seat airplane. I took some pictures of Lake Powell from the airplane.
This view shows one of the many
stone formations rising above the surface of Lake Powell. These
formations are what is left of the walls of submerged canyons.
is a picture of the Glen Canyon dam. Lake Powell is on the near side
of the dam; Glen Canyon is on the far side of the dam. At the bottom
of the canyon is the Colorado River. The suspension bridge seen
beyond the dam is the second highest in America.
This is the Rainbow Bridge, a
massive natural bridge formed of Navajo sandstone. The bridge is 290
feet high and 275 feet long.
our plane landed, we were taken on a bus tour
of Monument Valley. After the Monument Valley tour, we then flew
back to Lake Powell.
After lunch, we then took a boat
tour to explore Antelope Canyon, which was partially submerged by the
formation of Lake Powell.
This picture from our boat shows
the walls of Antelope Canyon rising from the surface of Lake Powell.
closeup of the wall of Antelope Canyon. The black surface is
"desert varnish," a mixture of iron and magnesium on the
surface of the stone. The lighter surface at the bottom marks the
height that the surface of Lake Powell reaches when it is completely filled.
After returning from Antelope
Canyon, we spent another night at Lake Powell. The next morning, we
took a raft trip on the Colorado River in Glen Canyon. After the raft
trip, we proceeded to Kanab, Utah, where we spent the night before
continuing on to Bryce Canyon.
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