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Kov, it does sounds as though you don't understand the problem. These guys committed--and videotaped and posted online--a possible felony. There is a reason that tourists aren't allowed to go into our state and national parks and despoil them.
To you it's just a rock, but that's probably because you've never been to Goblin Valley, which is a unique part of the universe. That rock formation that they're destroying is called a "goblin", and thousands of those same formations give Goblin Valley its name. They were formed by erosion over hundreds of millions of years, and they are really quite stable. However, historically Goblin Valley has had a problem with visitors who like to topple the formations, just as these guys are doing. That's why this activity was banned and why it's prosecuted--because if we allowed thousands of people every year to do it, Goblin Valley wouldn't exist.
I remember in the '50s when travelers would scour Indian ruins in Arizona and New Mexico for artifacts. There were a number of family friends who came home with these trophies, without the slightest idea that they had done anything wrong. They often justified taking these artifacts by saying that they were keeping them safe (after all, they were lying out there in the open.) I'm sure these Utah men had no idea that what they were doing was wrong, and I know they found a way to justify it. That's why it's important to protect our national treasures with laws.
You really should visit Utah some day. You need to understand how beautiful and important all these "rocks" are.
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I don't get it, it's a rock that would have fallen with a stiff wind anyway what's the big deal. Goblin Valley? I mean it's not like it was one of the 7 wonders of the world.
Some liberals have too much time on their hands.
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