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Wall Arch Falls

  1. Aug 10, 2008 #1
    http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site297/2008/0808/20080808_051413_wall_arch_before-after-1_300.jpg [Broken]


    "Wall Arch, one of the most accessible major arches in the Devils Garden area of Arches National Park, collapsed sometime Monday night."
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    That's bad.
  4. Aug 10, 2008 #3
    Good thing no one was around or they would be squished!

    Clearly, hes a rocket scientist.
  5. Aug 10, 2008 #4


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    Hopefully no one was on or under it. Since it happened at night, that's probably the case.

    It's unfortunate, but it's a natural process. Eventually the elements will wear away the arches - but new ones will perhaps be created in time.

    That must have been something to hear!
  6. Aug 10, 2008 #5
    Apparently, it went kaboom!
  7. Aug 10, 2008 #6
    is it a 'foreboding' "sign" for McD's?

    please, one of you--- those who are into the 'occult'---please, please--RESPOND!!
  8. Aug 10, 2008 #7
    I bet it was punk hoodlum teenagers who though it would be funny to "break it down". :mad:
  9. Aug 10, 2008 #8
    "Landscape is the longest arch in the park, which, with 2,000 natural arches, contains the largest number of these rock formations in the world."

    I guess McD doesn't have to worry
  10. Aug 10, 2008 #9
    New arches will form in a couple million years so not big deal.
  11. Aug 10, 2008 #10
    That area is one of my most favorite places in the world. I've been under the arches more then just a few times. Sad to see this one has fallen, they are a spectacular sight.
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    NH's "Old Man of the Mountain" collapsed, too. We humans have such short lives that we don't appreciate the creation, evolution, and destruction of geological formations in appropriate time-scales. If we could watch the Earth being sculpted by nature at 1000x, 10,000x, or maybe 1000,000x "our" normal speed, maybe we'd appreciate what a dynamic place the Earth is...even geological features.
  13. Aug 10, 2008 #12


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    No worries - "Old Man" will live on, on the back of NH quarters:

    http://img382.imageshack.us/img382/408/nhquarterdb6.gif [Broken]
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  14. Aug 10, 2008 #13
    that was one interesting 'visual' in both 'Time Machine' movies
  15. Aug 10, 2008 #14
    I spent a lot of time in NH as a child, but never went to see the Old Man of the Mountain until a few months before it collapsed.

    There was a natural bridge in Aruba that collapsed. It was a major tourist attraction. That should give you some idea of how little there is to do in Aruba. Now that it has collapsed, it is still a big draw. That should give you an even better idea. I love Aruba, mainly because there is nothing to do there.
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    But if no one was there to hear it ...?

    Or is that only a property of trees?
  17. Aug 10, 2008 #16
    That sucks. Warphalange, you obviously have no idea where this is...
  18. Aug 11, 2008 #17


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    Good thing it happened in the middle of the night rather than during the day with a bunch of tourists under it!

    Does anyone inspect the ones that are accessible to the public? You'd think there would be some prior signs of erosion or instability to indicate it was time to rope off the area and keep tourists out from under it if someone was checking for such things.
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