A freewheeling four-wheeler flies over the Coral Pink Sand Dunes of southwestern Utah. Part state park, part Bureau of Land Management wilderness quality land, the dunes are both playground and battleground. ATV riders fight for wide-open access: environmentalists for rare plant and animal species.
The color is from the Navajo sandstone layer formed 190 million years ago in the early Jurassic period. High winds pass through the region whipping sand into piles and water seeped down into the sand, carrying minerals with a mineral composition of iron, calcium carbonate, and manganese which gave the rock warm colors.
- MELISSA FARLOW
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All terrain vehicles, ATVs, balance (concept), coral (color), concepts (subject), dunes, erosion, landscapes, natural forces and phenomena, natural history (subject), north america, recreation, rock formations, scenes and views, outdoor recreation, parks, sand dunes, sandstone, scenic overlooks, southwestern states, state parks, subject, sports, united states, utah, water and wind erosion, wilderness areas (utah)
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- The Big Open_Public Lands_National Geographic magazine and book 8/2001