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photoblog image Sipapu Bridge

Sipapu Bridge

... From above...

You have to look at where the golden light is shining through...

 

Sipapu was long reported to have a span of 268 feet by the National Park

Service, ranking it as the fourth longest natural bridge in the world.

A more accurate measurement obtained by laser survey in 2007 revealed

the measurement to be a significant overstatement. The Natural Arch and

Bridge Society has published a revised span of 225 feet, demoting Sipapu

to a thirteenth place ranking for the combined arch - bridge list.  However,

based on specific criteria that separate natural arches from natural bridges,

Sipapu is the sixth longest natural bridge after the more famous Rainbow

Bridge, also located in Utah, and the top four Chinese natural bridges -

which were measured and documented by NABS between 2010 and 2015.

 

Click Here for a List of the 19 Longest Natural Arches & Bridges

 

... and from below...

photoblog image Natural Bridges 8 b.jpg

Sipapu Bridge

... From above...

You have to look at where the golden light is shining through...

 

Sipapu was long reported to have a span of 268 feet by the National Park

Service, ranking it as the fourth longest natural bridge in the world.

A more accurate measurement obtained by laser survey in 2007 revealed

the measurement to be a significant overstatement. The Natural Arch and

Bridge Society has published a revised span of 225 feet, demoting Sipapu

to a thirteenth place ranking for the combined arch - bridge list.  However,

based on specific criteria that separate natural arches from natural bridges,

Sipapu is the sixth longest natural bridge after the more famous Rainbow

Bridge, also located in Utah, and the top four Chinese natural bridges -

which were measured and documented by NABS between 2010 and 2015.

 

Click Here for a List of the 19 Longest Natural Arches & Bridges

 

... and from below...

photoblog image Natural Bridges 8 b.jpg

comments (15)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 23 May 2017, 00:10
Sur la première photo, au premier plan, la roche ressemble à  une tête avec un chapeau.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It does, Martine! Very much!
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 23 May 2017, 00:41
Two fine shots, Elizabeth, but I especially love the lower one.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Ray! I'm pleased you like that - I had a hard time decided which to post as the primary image...
Regardless of ranking, it is quite beautiful...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is, indeed! Thank you, Larry!
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 23 May 2017, 06:14
Mightily impressive, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm always amazed!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 May 2017, 06:25
Absolutely fascinating aren't they, everything here looks slightly crazy
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They ARE! Crazy? You mean IT looks crazy? Or WE were crazy to be there?! smile
Deux photos superbes , merci pour les renseignements ..
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Claudine! I'm glad you enjoyed the info - I find it all so fascinating! Wish I'd been smart enough to be a geologist! smile
Durdle Door without the sea
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Well.... I suppose if you consider it was once a sea... smile
  • Alan
  • Carlisle
  • 23 May 2017, 07:48
Regardless of where it sits in a list of such landforms on some sort of criteria, it is still very impressive. Even in my relatively short time since I've visiting the US, I've seen arches in Arches NP that had collapsed since previous visits. This one looks rather more substantial, though. The nearest rockford looks like it has been moulded by man.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I sure think so, Alan!
The difference between arches and bridges is the very reason many of the arches @ Arches NP have collapsed... bridges are a harder rock and are formed by rivers and streams.. arches are softer and are sculpted by wind and rain.
Like poured and solidified rock.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Very much so... petrified cake! smile
The lower picture in particular is excellent, what amazing countryside.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Brian! I'm glad you approve - it's incredible, and really hard to capture!
Great shots Ellie, you should take me one day....Oh, hang on...smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Frank! We can go again... especially if you've forgotten! smile
another fascinating landmark, Elizabeth. really makes one feel so tiny.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Ayush! It does put life into perspective!
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 24 May 2017, 14:15
I really like your 'framing' on the top pic...so many textures ad shades of colors...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Sorry I missed this, Bonnie! Thank you... I didn't really know what to expect here, so was pleasantly surprised!
are the canyon scenes near where you live Elizabeth?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: This is Natural Bridges National Park in Utah - about a four hour drive. For the last several weeks I've been featuring photo's from a week long loop we did starting at Zion N.P., which is also about a four hour drive... continuing on to Bryce, Kodachrome, Capitol Reef, and finally Natural Bridges.

But if I have a wild hair any given day... I can be at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in about 90 minutes, the North Rim in about three hours, Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona in 30 minutes, Sycamore Canyon and Walnut Canyon are also quite close! Such is the beautiful Colorado Plateau of the American South West! Canyons, canyons everywhere! I LOVE them! I'd rather visit a canyon than a city any day! smile
What a magnificent place. I so appreciate your sharing of this trip.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Truly!
And thank you for looking back at what you'd missed while you were gone... and for taking the time to comment!

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