Near Cloverdale in Owen County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The limestone outcroppings that form Cataract Falls formed millions of years ago when this region was covered by a large shallow ocean.
- Layers of calcium-rich materials fell to the ocean floor.
- As layers accumulated, their weight pressed down, creating limestone.
- More recently, glaciers extended south into the Cataract Falls area. Ice blocked the natural drainage of Mill Creek, creating a large lake. The limestone bedrock became buried under lake sediments.
- Once the glaciers receded north, the lake drained and Mill Creek carved its path across the dry lake bottom.
- It cut through the soil deposits until it encountered two limestone ridges. These would become the Upper and Lower Cataract Falls.
Erected by Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Location. 39° 26.085′ N, 86° 48.832′ W. Marker is near Cloverdale, Indiana, in Owen County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of N. Cataract Road and Owen Park Road. Touch for map. Marker is located
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cataract Falls Covered Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cataract Covered Bridge (about 500 feet away); The Ten O'Clock Line (approx. 9.6 miles away); Camp Hughes (approx. 9.6 miles away); Ferry Bridge (approx. 10.2 miles away); Owen County (Indiana) War Memorial (approx. 10.7 miles away); Owen County War Memorial (approx. 10.7 miles away); Owen County Courthouse (approx. 10.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cloverdale.
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