Thurmont in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Catoctin Mountain Geology
· Highest local mountain peak: Quirauk Mountain - 2,145 feet tall
· Commonly found rocks: Metabasalt, quartzite, limestone, metarhyolite
The Catoctin Mountains were once similar in size and shape to the Himalayas (treeless jagged peaks up to 25,000 feet high). The Catoctin Mountains were originally shaped by continents colliding and volcanic activity. Over millions of years, they have eroded to their current size and shape. The existing metamorphic rock is harder and less prone to erosion thus they remain larger (taller) today than the surrounding area.
Location. 39° 37.803′ N, 77° 27.995′ W. Marker is in Thurmont, Maryland, in Frederick County. Touch for map. The marker is about 1 mile west of the northern parking lot area for Hunting Creek Lake on the Lower Trail - Red Blaze to the Cunningham Falls. Marker is in this post office area: Thurmont MD 21788, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Second Growth Forest (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Tradition of Conservation (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Fatal Shootout (approx. one mile away); Blue Blazes Still Making Whiskey (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cunningham Falls (approx. 1.9 miles away); To the Unknown Dead (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thurmont.
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