Box Canon Falls
In Colorado, United States
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There is no fee to claim the answer to this cache. However, if you want to make the hike either down to the bottom or up to the top there is a small fee. The turn off for Box Canon Falls is at the following coords N 38 01.053 W 107 40.474
According to the informational sign at the visitors center at Box Canon Falls
Nearly 2 Billion years ago, in the Precambrian Era, the foundation of the Rocky Mountains was laid down. At the time the oldest rocks in the Ouray area were formed—the quartzite found in Box Canon
Throughout geologic time, many faults or cracks formed in the Ouray bedrock. Approximately 220 million years ago a massive fault began to form at Box Canon. Over millions of years the hard Precambrian rocks on the south side were thrust up, while the soft sedimentary rocks on the north dropped down. More recently, alpine glaciers began to carve an opening for the falls.
The Canon continues to erode by the powerful force of water in canyon creek. The fastest water easily washes the soft sedimentary rock away. Sand and gravel slowly grind down the harder rock. The turbulent water at the falls actually plucks out bits of rock. It is this force of water that will continue to play the lead role in Box Canon’s future.
To claim this cache answer the following question. The answer requires you to visit the visitors center.
According to your observations and the information received at the visitors center, what color is the malachite in the cliffs?
(No hints available.)
Last Updated: on 11/2/2013 7:53:12 PM Pacific Daylight Time (2:53 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum