Watford City in McKenzie County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The colorful and fantastic shapes along these canyon walls are part of an ever-changing landscape. The horizontal layers of multi-colored sandstone, clay and shale are complimented by scattered beds of lignite coal and patches of pastel pink scoria. Scoria, or clinker, is created when the soft lignite burns, baking the surrounding clay to this bright color.
Other layers contain concentrations of petrified logs and stumps of redwood, cypress and cedar. The rock layers are easily eroded, thus the scene is constantly changing.
Erected by North Dakota State Highway Department.
Location. 47° 34.225′ N, 103° 14.243′ W. Marker is in Watford City, North Dakota, in McKenzie County. Marker is on Theodore Roosevelt Expressway (U.S. 85), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Watford City ND 58854, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Walter H. Chaloner (approx. 2.1 miles away); Longhorns (approx. 2.8 miles away); Slump Formation (approx. 3.4 miles away); “Cannon Ball” Concretions (approx. Long X Cattle Trail (approx. 5.5 miles away); North Dakota Badlands (approx. 5.7 miles away); Building From Hard Times (approx. 7.1 miles away); Bentonitic Clay (approx. 7.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Watford City.
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