Bowknot Bend in eastern Utah • Earth.com

Last update: April 9th, 2020 at 6:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Bowknot Bend in eastern Utah.

The name Bowknot Bend refers to the section of the Green River that strangely loops around back on itself for 9 miles before once again shifting course. The water appears so dark because it lies 1,000 feet below the surrounding landscape.

This image was captured by an astronaut on board the International Space Station.

Utah (/ˈjuːtɑː/ YOO-tah, /ˈjuːtɔː/ (listen) YOO-taw) is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the U.S. on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 30th-most-populous, and 11th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. Utah has a population of more than 3 million according to the Census estimate for July 1, 2018. Urban development is mostly concentrated in two areas: the Wasatch Front in the north-central part of the state, which contains approximately 2.5 million people; and Washington County in Southern Utah, with over 160,000 residents. Utah is bordered by Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west. It also touches a corner of New Mexico in the southeast.

Approximately 62% of Utahns are reported to be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), making Utah the only state with a majority population belonging to a single church. This greatly influences Utahn culture, politics, and daily life. The church’s world headquarters is located in Salt Lake City.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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