Shell in Big Horn County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
If you are a seeker of waterfalls . . .
. . . . mark Shell Falls as unique in terms of waterfall origin. Waterfalls form in three basic ways:
1. Where Hard Meets Soft
Falls commonly form where a hard, resistant streambed meets a softer one. Water erodes soft layers faster, resulting in an abrupt, nearly vertical drop. Victoria and Niagra Falls are famous examples.
2. Hanging Valleys
When a river cuts the main channel at a faster rate than smaller side channels, a ledge forms where they come together. Multnomah Falls in Oregon and Yosemite Falls in California represent “hanging valley” waterfalls.
3. The Earth Moves
Shifts or faults in the earthís crust can cause steep ledges that form falls when rivers flow over them. Shell Falls is a prime example.
They left their home of the summerís ease
Beneath the lowland sheltering trees,
To seek by means unknown to all
The promise of the waterfall.
† † † † † ~ Whittier
Erected by Bighorn National Forest.
Location. 44° 35.207′ N, 107° 36.893′ W. Marker is in Shell, Wyoming, in Big Horn County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 14, on the right when traveling west. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shaping a Canyon (here, next to this marker); A 4,000 Mile Journey (here, next to this marker); Oasis in the Desert (a few steps from this marker); Lifeblood of the West (a few steps from this marker); Carving a Course (a few steps from this marker); Hummingbirds (a few steps from this marker); Moving Mountains (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. Photographs of Niagra Falls, Multnomah Falls and Shell Falls appear on the marker.
Categories. • Natural Features •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.