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Near Joseph in Wallowa County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Land Of Fire And Water

The Dynamic Terrain

 
 
Land Of Fire And Water Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, September 10, 2010
1. Land Of Fire And Water Marker
Inscription.  The geologic story of Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is a tale of fire and water...of molten lava erupted from volcanoes and oozed through cracks in the earth...of rushing water, erosion and sedimentation...of building up and wearing down...of folding and faulting and tremendous pressures under the earth’s crust. The results of millions of years of geologic activity are visible from Hells Canyon Overlook.

Small earthquakes in the region during the past few decades remind us that the earth beneath us is restless still. Movement along faults, rockfalls and landslides, intense storms and melting snow, water cascading into the Snake River from tributary streams, and fluctuating water levels in the canyon continue to shape this dynamic landscape. The Snake River rapids themselves are constantly-changing obstacles. Those who are adventurous enough to run them, must learn to read the changing faces of both water and rock.
 
Erected by United States Forest Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
 
Location.
Hells Canyon Overlook image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, September 10, 2010
2. Hells Canyon Overlook
View to the east towards the Snake River Canyon and Horse Mountain in Idaho
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45° 7.433′ N, 116° 50.112′ W. Marker is near Joseph, Oregon, in Wallowa County. Marker can be reached from National Forest Service Road 490, 2 miles east of Wallowa Mountain Loop (Forest Service Road 39). Marker is located at the Hells Canyon Overlook vista area east of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Joseph OR 97846, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Story Written in Stone (here, next to this marker); Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Look Over Hells Canyon ... (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bonneville Expedition (approx. 5.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Official US Forest Service website. (Submitted on February 14, 2014.) 
 
Snake River image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, September 10, 2010
3. Snake River
View to northeast from Hat Point
The Seven Sisters image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, September 10, 2010
4. The Seven Sisters
View to east from Hat Point
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 14, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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Aug. 20, 2022