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Cobra Rock Formation Collapses in Utah After Storms Hit Area

By    |   Wednesday, 06 Aug 2014 12:44 PM

The much-beloved Cobra rock formation in southern Utah has collapsed after a series of thunderstorms passed through the area over the weekend.

Part of the Fisher Towers formation roughly 20 miles northeast of Moab, the 40-foot high hoodoo was named "The Cobra" because its shape resembled that of the unique snake. "Now, it appears as if the snake has been decapitated," The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

On Monday, Lisa Bryant, assistant field manager at the Bureau of Land Management Moab field office, said it was unclear exactly when or why the rock tower collapsed.

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"We're just extremely grateful no one was hurt," she said.

Lightning, high winds, rain or some combination may have contributed to or caused the downfall, she said.

Another BLM spokeswoman, Megan Crandall, told The Associated Press it took countless years for the elements to shape the rock formation.

"It's sad and it's unfortunate those same forces that made it eventually would contribute to its demise," she said,

Moab-based climber Lisa Hathaway said that the news of the toppling was met with skepticism among much of the climbing community because it’s a popular April Fools Day joke to spread rumors that it had fallen.

"It was really a surprise to no one that that tower, at least the cap rock, was going to come off at some point in time," she said.

Many climbers mourned the passing of their beloved climbing rock, posting before and after photos to social media sites like Twitter.



Arches National Park has experienced two such tower collapses in recent years, one in 2008 and another this past July.

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