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Stone arch collapses

August 11, 2008

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The Wall Arch in Arches National Park in Utah, shown before, top, and after its collapse. A park official said Wall Arch collapsed sometime late Monday or early Tuesday.

The Wall Arch in Arches National Park in Utah, shown before, top, and after its collapse. A park official said Wall Arch collapsed sometime late Monday or early Tuesday.

— One of the largest and most photographed arches in Arches National Park has collapsed.

Paul Henderson, the park's chief of interpretation, said Wall Arch collapsed sometime late Monday or early Tuesday.

The arch is along Devils Garden Trail, one of the most popular in the park. For years, the arch has been a favorite stopping point for photographers.

Henderson said the arch was claimed by forces that will eventually destroy others in the park: gravity and erosion.

"They all let go after a while," he said Friday.

He said it's the first collapse of a major arch in the park since nearby Landscape Arch fell in 1991. No one has reported seeing it fall.

Like others in the park, Wall Arch was formed by entrada sandstone that was whittled down over time into its distinctive and photogenic formation.

The arch, first reported and named in 1948, was more than 33 feet tall and 71 feet across. It ranked 12th in size among the park's estimated 2,000 arches.

Rock has continued to fall from the remaining arms of the arch, forcing the closure of a portion of the trail.

Comments

gr 6 years, 8 months ago

I bet some will say global warming caused its collapse and it's all our fault!

Daytrader23 6 years, 8 months ago

Ramsfield (Anonymous) says:who gives a sh*t about Utah?why are you reading the LJW so frequenly if you hate kansas?--------------------------Research.Kansans are the last to figure anything out which is helpful in timing the end of certain trends in the markets. It's how I earn my dough.

Poon 6 years, 8 months ago

I ain't got a witness and I can't prove it but for some reason stillcoolandhere makes me suspect that Cool (Sven?) is still here.

ASBESTOS 6 years, 8 months ago

It may not have fallen "yet" but it is so close with the long span and the thinness of the arch and supports."On September 1, 1991, a 73-foot slab of rock fell out from underneath the thinnest section of the span. This was captured on video by a Swiss tourist who happened to be behind the arch at the time. On the sound track of the video, another hiker can be heard saying "I don't think I want to walk back under there!" The rock that fell, however, was probably not structurally important to the arch. In fact, by reducing the weight of suspended rock, the arch is probably now stronger. On June 5, 1995, a 47-foot mass of rock fell from the front of the thinnest section of the arch, followed by another 30-foot rock fall on June 21. Due to these events the Park Service has closed the loop trail that once led underneath the arch."

TheOriginalCA 6 years, 8 months ago

McDonalds arches are proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Wait, no.. that was about beer

ReadingSports 6 years, 8 months ago

It's hard to argue with someone that is both nonsensical and supercilious.Psalms 26:4-5

gr 6 years, 8 months ago

Age of the arches?Rather than anyone getting all bent out of shape and fearing their belief system threatened, seems pretty simple to figure out. Figure out rate of deterioration.Figure out volume left.Figure out rate of new arch formationApply calculations.Determine age.Has anyone done this?The main issue of concern would be to determine if today's rates are the same as in the past and support if it is not thought the same.Wouldn't this be reasonable? If not, what would be?

bondmen 6 years, 8 months ago

Yes and if wind and weather erosion plus gravity had been working on the "arches" for millions of years they'd have all become "fallen arches" long ago. Walking trails with fallen arches just isn't exciting or pleasant! The arches, they're not as old as some folks believe.

Daytrader23 6 years, 8 months ago

Bummer, The landscape arch looks like its ready to go any day now as well. I love Moab, some of the best mountain biking to be had on planet earth, or as some would say, Mother Natures best playground. The slickrock trail, bartlette's wash, porcupine rim, book me a flight I'm ready to go now. LOL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuTkVvnWVXYSlickrock is also good for longboarding as well, apparentlyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI_Xr5....

Daytrader23 6 years, 8 months ago

Carbon dating from sediments found in the rocks?

janeyb 6 years, 8 months ago

Have a picture of my brothers and myself under this arch when I was about five. Beautiful place.

canyon_wren 6 years, 8 months ago

I live here in canyon country and ASBESTOS is right--Landscape Arch DIDN'T fall--a piece just fell out of the bottom of the arch's span. It is quite fragile-looking but could last a long time yet--no one can predict something like that. A tourist captured that on a video, which I have seen--pretty interesting. It was fortunate that Wall Arch fell sometime during the night or there might well have been injuries as a result.The general belief is that the naming of Landscape Arch, which is so fragile, and Delicate Arch, the "icon" of Arches National Park, got confused and should have been reversed--which makes a lot of sense when you compare the two.

ReadingSports 6 years, 8 months ago

stillcoolandhere, Maybe you should read the Bible. It might open up your mind to other possibilities. Maybe you wouldn't insult those with whom you disagee.

Daytrader23 6 years, 8 months ago

Bondman, maybe if you ever left that cesspool known as Kansas you would realize that you don't need arches to make a walking trail interesting. That area of Utah is considered by many to be God's country and the beauty of it will have you believe there is a God, however the bible that is attached to God's name was created in order to rule people in a barbaric and cruel way and besides, the age of the arches can be proven , can your fairy tail be proven with any evidence?I didn't think so.

Daytrader23 6 years, 8 months ago

scott3460 (Anonymous) says:On a serious note, how much oil and gas extraction has been going on around this area? That would certainly disturb the foundation of the natural structure.--------------------------------------------Most people have no idea, imagine you go to work one day then come home to your little house on your little piece of property only to find a huge oil drill right next to your house, not only that but they built their own driveway across your garden. Then you get a check in the mail to reimburse you for your troubles during the drilling phase and the new driveway, Normally this check is around $1,500. Next day you come home from work and now there is a second drill, no extra check. Now you want to take a shower and relax but you find that only green sludge is coming out of your faucet as the oil company had to get rid of all the water that was in the way of the gas or oil. But don't worry they will truck some water in for you. Just as long as the drills are there. A few months have passed, the drills are gone, so is your garden, so is your water and so is the value of your house and property. Who wants to buy a house where the underground water is a green slude that smells like sulfur?This my friends, happens everyday out west and people wonder why Bush and the B.L.M are so hated. But hey, you got a check for $1,500 and you are a hero for the drill here, drill now group.

gr 6 years, 8 months ago

"1991 is a while ago but those things have stood for millions of years now. "Really?How was that determined?"How treacherous that we have elected leaders who have starved funding for the Parks,"Quite the spin there! The arches have fallen due to lack of funding.

Scott Drummond 6 years, 8 months ago

On a serious note, how much oil and gas extraction has been going on around this area? That would certainly disturb the foundation of the natural structure. Also, how wonderful it is that our nation's former leaders set aside such areas for us to admire in our time. How treacherous that we have elected leaders who have starved funding for the Parks, catered to those who engage in disruptive business practices and have turned many of our Wilderness and natural areas over to those who value the lands only for the personal wealth they can extract from it. Future generations will know less of the grandeur of God's creation because of our misguided decisions.

Quigly 6 years, 8 months ago

It was someone from Topeka that broke it!

Scott Drummond 6 years, 8 months ago

"But hey, you got a check for $1,500 and you are a hero for the drill here, drill now group."Daytrader:You make it sound so bad. With the $300 tax "rebate" check a few years ago & the $600 tax stimulus this year, these people are clearing nearly $2,500 in government handouts. Plus all that free trucked in water (how safe do you suppose it may may?) These leeches should be glad for what dick and george allow them. They get the privilege, after all, of buying back the gas they once owned in common with the rest of the nation's citizen's for upwards of $4.00/gallon.

jonas 6 years, 8 months ago

Whoa. Never expected a thread on creationist erosion. Would that be Intelligent Filing?

gr 6 years, 8 months ago

"Carbon dating from sediments found in the rocks?"Carol, do you think DayTrader is correct in thinking their age is determined by Carbon dating?

not_dolph 6 years, 8 months ago

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