Cody in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
† † † Shoshone Canyon is a gorge cut through Rattlesnake Mountain by the wearing action of the Shoshone River. The mountain is a northwest trending uplift in the earthís crust that rises 3700 feet above the surrounding terrain. Beds of sedimentary rock that are exposed on the mountainís northeast flank slope eastward beneath the plains. The same units, which range in age from 205 to 570 million years, bend up and over the crest of the mountain and stand vertically along the southwest flank. Granite exposed at the west end of the canyon at Buffalo Bill Dam is two billion years old. North of the dam, a fault (crack) in the earthís surface lies adjacent to the steeply inclined rocks. Geologic compressive forces which formed the uplift also caused rocks to move vertically along the fault. The Rattlesnake Mountain uplift began to form 66 million years ago, approximately the same time dinosaurs became extinct. The present topographic configuration of Rattlesnake Mountain and the formation of Shoshone Canyon are due to erosional downcutting occurring over the past three million years.
Location. 44° 30.667′ N, 109° 8.37′ W. Marker is in Cody, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on W Yellowstone Avenue (U.S. 20), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cody WY 82414, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Shoshone River Siphon (approx. 0.6 miles away); Colterís Hell (approx. 1.2 miles away); Arland & Corbett (approx. 1.7 miles away); Cedar Mountain (approx. 1.7 miles away); William Garlow Cody (approx. 1.7 miles away); Stone Circles (approx. 1.7 miles away); Lee Street – Cody City (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Panoramic View (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cody.
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