Waved rocks of Antelope slot canyon - Page, Arizona
by Frederik Tack, Institute for Space Aeronomy, Brussels, Belgium
Antelope slot canyon is located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means "the place where water runs through rocks."
Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways.
Over time the passageways eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic 'flowing' shapes in the rock.
Frederik Tack (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu)