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Near Stanton in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Loess Bluff

 
 
Loess Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
1. Loess Bluff Marker
Inscription. This bluff shows a deep deposit of windblown topsoil known as loess (pronounced LOW–ess). It was formed during the Ice Age when glaciers covered the northern half of the United States.
   At this time nearly continuous duststorms swept in from the western plains and covered this area with windblown dust to a depth of 30 to 90 feet. Here it rests on sands and clays of an ancient sea. It originally covered a vast region but in this area is now confined to a strip east of the Mississippi River from 3 to 30 miles wide extending from Baton Rouge into Tennessee.
   Where the old Natchez Trace passed over loess it formed sunken roads, in places 20 feet deep.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
 
Location. 31° 38.798′ N, 91° 12.593′ W. Marker is near Stanton, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is on Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 12.4), 2.1 miles east of Mississippi Highway 553, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Natchez MS 39120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Emerald Mound (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different
Loess Bluff image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 22, 2010
2. Loess Bluff
marker also named Emerald Mound (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Emerald Mound (approx. 2.4 miles away); Mount Locust (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Mount Locust (approx. 3 miles away); Old Trace (approx. 3.5 miles away); A National Road (approx. 3.5 miles away); Bullen Creek (approx. 5.7 miles away but has been reported missing). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stanton.
 
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View of Loess Bluff from Parkway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
3. View of Loess Bluff from Parkway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 27, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 419 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   2. submitted on December 27, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3. submitted on August 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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