These bluffs are isolated remnants of the ancient high plainsThe bluff you are standing on and the ones adjacent to it are known collectively as Scotts Bluff. Like the famous Chimney Rock to the east, Scotts Bluff is an outlier formation of the Wildcat Hills, visible along the horizon to your right.Twenty million years ago, the surface of the plains was as high as Scotts Bluff - a gently sloping landscape composed of sediments from high lands to the west. About 5 million years ago, the Platte River and its tributaries began to erode the high plains. Bit by bit, water carried away massive volumes of soil and rock, creating canyons that grew wider and wider.Today only Wildcat Hills, Scotts Bluff, and other erosion-resistant remnants of the high plains remain. On the multi-layered cliff face ahead you can see many of the rock layers that once covered the region.
|Placed By||National Park Service|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, August 17th, 2015 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13T E 607981 N 4632311|
|Decimal Degrees||41.83533333, -103.69951667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 50.12', W 103° 41.971'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 50' 7.2" N, 103° 41' 58.26" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near Unnamed Road, Gering NE 69341, US|
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