Gering in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Little by little, Scotts Bluﬀ is eroding away
You are now standing on the summit of Scotts Bluff, but each year a little more of it erodes away. In 1933 the top of the metal survey post in front of you was level with the rock surface. In just a few decades, a considerable volume of sandstone has been removed.
One by one, the grains of sand that make up this sedimentary rock break off, then blow or wash away. Given time, the persistent action of rain, ice, and wind will reduce Scotts Bluff to the level of the surrounding flatlands.
Human footsteps greatly accelerate the erosion of the soft sandstone formations. Please help to preserve Scotts Bluff for future generations by remaining on the hard-surfaced paths.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 50.285′ N, 103° 41.925′ W. Marker is in Gering, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff County. Marker can be reached from Old Oregon Trail, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Scotts Bluff National Monument, along the North Overlook Trail at the summit of the bluff. Marker is in this post office area: Gering NE 69341, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scott Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Saddle Rock Trail The Way West (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The River Route (about 700 feet away); Remnant Highlands (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scotts Bluff (approx. ¼ mile away); Pony Express (approx. ¼ mile away); The Overland Experience (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gering.
More about this marker. An illustration at the center of the marker shows the process of erosion of the bluffs. It has a caption of “Cap layers of hard, erosion-resistant rock help to protect softer layers below. The cap rock in front of you is gradually breaking away, exposing the pale, easily-crumbled sandstone to the elements.” A photograph on the right side of the marker includes the caption, “The survey marker here shows the highest elevation of Scotts Bluff to be 4649 feet (1417 meters) above sea level, but natural and human erosion are working to reduce that figure.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 17, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.