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The San Rafael Swell is a large geologic feature in south-central Utah about 30 miles (48 km) west of Green River, Utah. It measures approximately 75 by 40 miles (121 x 64 km) and consists of a dome-shaped anticline of sandstone, shale, and limestone that was pushed up during the Paleocene Laramide Orogeny 60-40 million years ago. Since that time, infrequent but powerful flash floods eroded the sedimentary rocks into valleys, canyons, gorges, mesas, and buttes. The swell is part of the Colorado Plateau physiographic region. Evidence of Native American cultures, including the Fremont, Paiute, and Ute, is found in the form of pictograph and petroglyph panels. The Buckhorn Draw Pictograph Panel features rock art left by the Barrier Canyon and the Fremont Cultures. From about 1776 to the mid-1850s the Old Spanish Trail trade route passed through the area In the past 150 years, the area has mostly been used for sheep and cattle grazing, as well as for uranium mining. The Swell has been used by filmmakers as a location setting for alien planets, including the Planet Vulcan in the 2009 rendition of Star Trek and the alien world in Galaxy Quest.

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 78 N: 702] (1515)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2018-05-04
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2018-07-10 13:34
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