Near Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The Sinks are eroded into the soft white Madison Limestone formation. No spelunkers have explored very far into the Sinks since the cracks narrow down to very small log and rock chocked passages. (33)
It is unknown exactly how old the Sinks are although they are likely an Ice-Age feature thousands of years old. The glaciers that carved the canyon exposed the soluble limestone and the billions of gallons of water from the melting ice helped create the underground passages. (47)
For many years it was unknown whether the water flowing into the Sinks was the same water flowing out at the Rise. Dye test have proven the connection but have also revealed another mystery: it takes the water flowing in the Sinks over 2 hours to reappear at the Rise. It was also discovered that more water flows out at the Rise than goes in at the Sinks. Why the water takes over two hours to make the journey and where it goes during that time is still a mystery. (90)
Erected by Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources.
Location. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3148 Sinks Canyon Road, Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sinks Canyon - Corridor to the Winds (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rise of the Sinks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Popo Agie Power (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sinks Canyon (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of Fort Augur (approx. 7.1 miles away); Noble Lane Building (approx. 7.1 miles away); Fremont Hotel (approx. 7.1 miles away); M.N Baldwin Co. (approx. 7.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lander.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Sinks Canyon State Park, about 7 miles southwest of Lander.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on July 14, 2016.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. An overview of the makers located at The Sinks overlook • Can you help?