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Shell in Big Horn County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Moving Mountains

 
 
Moving Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
1. Moving Mountains Marker
Inscription.
Can water really move mountains? Bit by bit, grind of water rippling over rock wears the mountain away. In a more dramatic fashion, run-off from melting snow during May and June creates a massive force capable of muscling huge boulders downstream.

Fish Find Rest
Large granite rocks and boulders form the building blocks for deep pools in Shell Creek. Pools provide critical resting and hiding cover for rainbow and brook trout.

Plants Thrive in 24-hour Shower
Spray and splash zones on the edge of waterfalls provide and excellent environment for some of the simplest forms of plant life – ferns, mosses, and liverworts. They play an important role in providing cover for small creatures, food for aquatic animals and sites for laying eggs.

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Shell Falls has an average flow of 3,600 gallons per second. This is enough water per second for:
144 showers; 1,200 toilet flushes; 48 baths; 360 sinks of dishes.
Imagine how much water it must take to move a rock the size of a Volkswagon bug.
 
Erected by Bighorn National Forest.
 
Location. 44° 35.184′ N, 107° 36.882′ W. Marker is in Shell, Wyoming, in Big Horn County. Marker can
Moving Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
2. Moving Mountains Marker
be reached from U.S. 14, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in the Shell Falls Interpretive Site in Bighorn National Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Shell WY 82441, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hummingbirds (within shouting distance of this marker); Carving a Course (within shouting distance of this marker); Lifeblood of the West (within shouting distance of this marker); Oasis in the Desert (within shouting distance of this marker); A 4,000 Mile Journey (within shouting distance of this marker); Forming Waterfalls (within shouting distance of this marker); Shaping a Canyon (within shouting distance of this marker); Wildfire! (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Shell.
 
More about this marker. A photograph of the 75 foot high Shell Falls appears on the left side of the marker.
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Marker in the Shell Falls Interpretive Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
3. Marker in the Shell Falls Interpretive Site
Shell Falls image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
4. Shell Falls
This waterfall is visible from the marker.
Shell Falls Interpretive Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2014
5. Shell Falls Interpretive Site
Marker is located in the Shell Falls Interpretive Site in Bighorn National Forest.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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