Loess Bluff

Loess Bluff (HM168L)

Location: Natchez, MS 39120 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 38.798', W 91° 12.593'

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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 form 3 to 30 miles wide extending from Baton Rouge into Tennessee.
   Where the old Natchez Trace passed over loess it formed sunken road, in places 20 feet deep.
HM NumberHM168L
Series This marker is part of the Natchez Trace series
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 5:10pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 669743 N 3502660
Decimal Degrees31.64663333, -91.20988333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 38.798', W 91° 12.593'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 38' 47.88" N, 91° 12' 35.58" W
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Area Code(s)601, 769
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 47754 Natchez Trace Pkwy, Natchez MS 39120, US
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