New River Historical

New River Historical (HM1VZD)

Location: Lansing, WV 25862 Fayette County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 4.197', W 81° 4.561'

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An Eastern Oddity

Nine hundred feet below, New River flows north. North? Odd in the American east where rivers don't flow north. Oddities seem common at New River.

The river's name and age are both unusual. No one knows the name's origin: some say explorers found a river "new" to them—-ironic because the New is very old. How old? Again, no one knows. Local legend claims only the Nile is older. Geologists know that the New is one of North America's oldest rivers, even older than the ancient Appalachian mountains through which it flows.

New River's shape and form present another oddity. The New has incised meanders, great bends that cut deeply into the earth—unusual in eastern North America where meandering rivers are normally broad and flat. Here, New River slices through ten million years of rock layers.

(Inscription beside the map on the right) New River as it flows through New River Gorge National River. Notice the many bends and meanders, a trait unusual for a deep-canyon river in eastern North America.
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Placed ByNational Park Service US Department of Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, November 28th, 2016 at 9:06am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 493332 N 4213578
Decimal Degrees38.06995000, -81.07601667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 4.197', W 81° 4.561'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 4' 11.82" N, 81° 4' 33.66" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 162 Visitor Center Rd, Lansing WV 25862, US
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