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Where Water Runs Through Rock

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon—meaning it is canyon formed where water has rushed through rock. Located in the American Southwest, it lies on Navajo land, east of Page, Arizona. Notably, this canyon includes two sections: Upper Antelope Canyon (or The Crack) and Antelope Canyon (The Corkscrew.)

This canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed as it rushes into narrow passageways. Over time, the passages have eroded. This made the corridors deeper, and has smoothed hard edges to form characteristic “flowing” shapes in the rock.

Tourists, photographers, and sightseers flock to this area. As a result, this canyon provides a valuable source of revenue for the Navajo Nation. However, visitors must  access the park via guided tour. This is so that the the Navajo can preserve this area’s unique natural landscape.

Though photographers prize this canyon, shooting here is no picnic! Photography within the canyons requires expertise. That’s because light reflects off the canyon walls in an exposure range  of 10 EV or more.

Shadows and brightness play on the walls of this ancient stone. An underworld paradise, reached sometimes by the gods.

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