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Near Far Hills in Somerset County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Moggy Hollow

A Glacial Relic

 
 
Moggy Hollow Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Alan Edelson, May 6, 2009
1. Moggy Hollow Marker
Inscription. When Earth temperatures started cooling about 100,000 years ago, ice built up in the North to over a mile in height. Forced to flow outward by its own weight, the ice sheet spread south, bulldozing the land. Then with a rise in global temperature, the glacier slowly melted back.

The continental glacier had spread south from as far as mid-New Jersey by about 18,000 years age, and was at least half a mile high. Along leading edges of the glacier, lakes formed in valleys blocked by ice and rock debris. In New Jersey the largest of these, known as Glacial Lake Passaic, covered an area some 30 miles long by 10 miles wide, and depths to 240 feet.

When at a maximum size some 13,000 years ago, the lake overflowed through a small gap in its rim at Liberty Corner Road, just north of here. The ice-laden waters rushed through Moggy Hollow on their way to join the Raritan. When the ice melted back, a lower gap at Paterson opened up and the lake drained, finally disappearing about 12,000 years ago. The basalt rock ledges and outcroppings within Moggy Hollow endured thousands of years of water flow and remain to this day, creating the marvelous rock structure within the Leonard J. Buck Garden.

This plaque was placed here by the family and friends of the late Dr. George F. Adams, distinguished geologist.
 
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Rock Outcropping Described On Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Alan Edelson, May 6, 2009
2. Rock Outcropping Described On Marker
Somerset County Parks.
 
Location. 40° 40.376′ N, 74° 37.411′ W. Marker is near Far Hills, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker can be reached from Layton Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is on the Visitor's Center at Leonard J. Buck Gardens. Marker is in this post office area: Far Hills NJ 07931, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Purvis James Boatwright Jr. (approx. 0.7 miles away); Far Hills Station (approx. one mile away); Far Hills War Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Jacobus Vanderveer House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bedminster War Memorials (approx. 1.2 miles away); African Burying Ground (approx. 1.5 miles away); Artillery Park (approx. 1.6 miles away); A Place To Remember (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Far Hills.
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Stream through Moggy Hollow Photo, Click for full size
By Alan Edelson, May 6, 2009
3. Stream through Moggy Hollow
Entrance to Leonard J. Buck Garden off Layton Road Photo, Click for full size
By Alan Edelson, May 6, 2009
4. Entrance to Leonard J. Buck Garden off Layton Road
 
 
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