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Shell in Big Horn County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Forming Waterfalls

 
 
Forming Waterfalls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
1. Forming Waterfalls Marker
Inscription.
If you are a seeker of waterfalls . . .
. . . . mark Shell Falls as unique in terms of waterfall origin. Waterfalls form in three basic ways:

1. Where Hard Meets Soft
Falls commonly form where a hard, resistant streambed meets a softer one. Water erodes soft layers faster, resulting in an abrupt, nearly vertical drop. Victoria and Niagra Falls are famous examples.

2. Hanging Valleys
When a river cuts the main channel at a faster rate than smaller side channels, a ledge forms where they come together. Multnomah Falls in Oregon and Yosemite Falls in California represent “hanging valley” waterfalls.

3. The Earth Moves
Shifts or faults in the earthís crust can cause steep ledges that form falls when rivers flow over them. Shell Falls is a prime example.

They left their home of the summerís ease
Beneath the lowland sheltering trees,
To seek by means unknown to all
The promise of the waterfall
.
† † † † † ~ Whittier

 
Erected by Bighorn National Forest.
 
Location. 44° 35.207′ N, 107° 36.893′ W. Marker is in Shell, Wyoming, in Big Horn County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 14, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map
Forming Waterfalls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24/15Th
2. Forming Waterfalls Marker
There are several markers at this location. The Forming Waterfalls marker is in the center of those seen here.
. Marker is located in the Shell Falls Interpretive Site in Bighorn National Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Shell WY 82441, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shaping a Canyon (here, next to this marker); A 4,000 Mile Journey (here, next to this marker); Oasis in the Desert (a few steps from this marker); Lifeblood of the West (a few steps from this marker); Carving a Course (a few steps from this marker); Hummingbirds (a few steps from this marker); Moving Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Wildfire! (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shell.
 
More about this marker. Photographs of Niagra Falls, Multnomah Falls and Shell Falls appear on the marker.
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Shell Falls image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
3. Shell Falls
This waterfall is located a short walk from the marker.
Bighorn National Forest image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
4. Bighorn National Forest
Marker is located in the Shell Falls Interpretive Site in Bighorn National Forest.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 4, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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