Watford City in McKenzie County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Edge of a Glacier
These small boulders are clues to a fascinating story. Geologists believe they were ripped from bedrock 400 miles north in Canada and carried to this point by a great glacier which covered nearly all North America north and east of here.
The ice melted thousands of years ago, but these rocks, called “erratics” because they are “out of place”, are clear evidence the glacier once covered the ground upon which you stand.
The course of the Little Missouri and Missouri Rivers from here east marks the southern edge of the glacier that dropped these rocks.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 47° 36.676′ N, 103° 26.042′ W. Marker is in Watford City, North Dakota, in McKenzie County. Marker is on Scenic Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at the Edge of Glacier Pullout in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. 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 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roosevelt and the Boat Thieves (approx. 0.7 miles away); Man and Grass (approx. 2.3 miles away); Building From Hard Times Bentonitic Clay (approx. 2.7 miles away); North Dakota Badlands (approx. 4.1 miles away); Long X Cattle Trail (approx. 4.2 miles away); “Cannon Ball” Concretions (approx. 4.9 miles away); Slump Formation (approx. 6.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Watford City.
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