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Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 16 January 2015 in Landscape & Rural.

Further south, we come to an abandoned uranium mine. During the hysteria of the cold war, our national park lands were opened to uranium mining. Fortunately, this mine wasn't productive enough for further development.

Certain shortsighted politicians proposed opening the parks to oil exploration a few years ago. A disgraceful disregard of our natural heritage.

Capitol Reef National Park
Part of the Great American West series.

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like the light at the top of this photo

16 Jan 2015 5:29am

Devi from Chennai, India

Thank God it was abandoned....What a dangerous chemical element this is !!!!!

16 Jan 2015 5:56am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Can not really say that, fortunately. Mines is certainly space and can be found in the ores from the place where a person has already ruined the landscape anyway.

16 Jan 2015 5:58am

PATRICK from miramas, France

superbe compo et lumière

16 Jan 2015 6:04am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Une belle lumière

16 Jan 2015 6:41am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Superb capture. Beautiful exposure.:-)

16 Jan 2015 7:27am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

With the price of oil tumbling, any natural heritage is safe . . for a while.

16 Jan 2015 7:42am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Interesting image!

16 Jan 2015 8:23am

Longroute from Nowhere, Italy

Interesting to see this and read your note. I wonder if there is radiation there....

16 Jan 2015 8:38am

jean pierre from paris, France

compo, lumière et couleurs extra!! amitiés

16 Jan 2015 8:50am

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful capture of an interesting image. Excellent composition.

16 Jan 2015 9:46am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une très belle lumière! Beau cadrage!

16 Jan 2015 9:50am

omid from mashhad, Iran

wonderful !

16 Jan 2015 9:55am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

En effet, l'homme a une propension à dégrader et détruire la Nature....
J'aime le jeu d'ombre et de lumière ici !!

16 Jan 2015 10:50am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Well said, sir. And at least these grates can now easily pass for safety features (?) or am I stretching it just a wee bit as I often do :-) Nevertheless, I like this mage and post very much - and I am really enjoying this look at Capital Reefs :-) All the Best ...

16 Jan 2015 11:05am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

An excellent document.

16 Jan 2015 11:08am

Patrick M. from Lille, France

The land is active radio !!! beautiful composition

16 Jan 2015 12:16pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I like the colourful layers in the rock, as if painted. And....putting aside the story about the uranium looks so much like the home of monks living away from the world... The play of light and shadow makes this shot mysterious.

16 Jan 2015 12:41pm

Howra from sari, Iran

Very nice

16 Jan 2015 12:42pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb composition .

16 Jan 2015 12:54pm

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

Fortunately there was not enough Uranium ---- hopefully no oil either !!!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing Steve --- kind regards Monika

16 Jan 2015 1:51pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Beautiful light and wonderful composition.

16 Jan 2015 2:23pm

Veronique from Tarbes, France

It looks like a prison !!

16 Jan 2015 2:52pm

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

An interesting subject. I like how the mines have been barred to prevent people exploring the dangerous mines.

16 Jan 2015 4:00pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Lovely light - glad it is no longer active

16 Jan 2015 5:38pm

normandy50 from tourlaville, France

j'habite juste à coté du site d'areva de la hague qui retraite le combustible nucléaire l'uranium .... bon week-end

16 Jan 2015 6:33pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful light and composition. Great shot. :)

16 Jan 2015 6:36pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

I am confident that the Parks will be kept protected. Excellent illustration.

16 Jan 2015 8:20pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Fantastic piece of history! Great photo!

16 Jan 2015 9:58pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

What can I say... what is the mind-set of these people...?

16 Jan 2015 10:57pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Thanks for sharing the image and the information.

17 Jan 2015 12:04am

Diana from Olympia, United States

A nice catch of light

17 Jan 2015 12:46am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I agree with you. No one should mess with our national parks. Nice colors and textures here.

17 Jan 2015 4:24am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

superbe comme en prison

17 Jan 2015 9:23am