Lewis Diuguid

June 12, 2014

Natural wonders endangered by daredevil stunts

YouTube is the place where rowdy tourists are filming themselves swinging from ropes through Utah’s natural, five-story, sandstone Corona Arch.

The reverence and awe that tourists should have for the national parks system and natural monuments appears to be on the ropes.

Last year a Boy Scout leader purposely knocked over an ancient Utah desert rock formation and then posted video of the destruction online. YouTube also is the place where rowdy tourists are filming themselves swinging from ropes through Utah’s natural, five-story, sandstone Corona Arch.

Sandstone, like the desert rocks, is extremely delicate. Federal officials are considering outlawing the swinging and outlandish behavior. The Associated Press reports that in recent years, video of such incidents have gone viral on the Internet, getting 23 million views on YouTube.

Extreme stunts that might destroy natural wonders in the United States deserve extremely high fines and jail time. That eventually would put a stop to such destructive behavior.

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