Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona

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High on the Colorado plateau, in the middle of the desert, on the Navajo Tribal land, there is a canyon, where water runs through rocks. It is located near the town of Page, at the northern boundary of Arizona. The Navajo name for this place is Tse Bighanilini and it is commonly known simply as the Upper Antelope Canyon. The canyon was formed by erosion of the Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to the occasional torrent of flash floods and aided winds. It is this process that gives the rock a characteristic ‘flowing’ shape and wave patterns. It a magical place where the sunlight gives birth to colours. The Upper Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon. It encloses a high and narrow space, like a medieval cathedral. Inside the canyon it is filled by reflected and diffused colour lights like the stained glass windows inside a cathedral. It is the nature’s version of the medieval cathedral.

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First created 25 Oct 2014. Version 1.0 - 29 Oct 2014. Jerry Tse. London . Antelope Canyon All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial, Educational and personal use. The Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona

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Entrance to the Upper Canyon.

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The canyon is situated on Navajo Tribal L and near Page, Arizona.

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Patches of dark and light colour of lichen on the rock.

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The red colour of the rocks was due to the presence of iron oxides in the rock.

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The Antelope C anyon includes two separate slot canyons - the Upper Antelope Canyon and the Lower Antelope Canyon.

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The Wolf Head, the protruding rock on the right.

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The presence of manganese oxides in the rocks cause the blue and purple hues. B lue sky also gives the rocks a blue tint.

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The Horse Head, the protruding rock on the left.

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Years of flash floods shape the walls into undulating wave-like surfaces of the canyon.

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The far entrance into the Upper Antelope Canyon.

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The Flame between the rocks.

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All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal use. The End Music – Handel : Seres – Aria “ Ombra Mai Fu” sung by Andreas Scholl. The Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona The Upper Antelope Canyon encloses a high and narrow space, just like a medieval cathedral. I t is filled with reflected and diffused colour lights like those of the stained glass windows. It is a nature’s version of the medieval cathedral. Photos - With contributions from Ben and Weichu.

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