Creve Coeur Lake Waterfall
In Missouri, United States
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Located next to Creve Coeur Lake next to a waterfall. This is located very close to parking and is handicap accessible.
Creve Coeur Lake is located in the Missouri River floodplain in St. Louis County. Creve Coeur Lake is an oxbow lake. An oxbow lake typically forms in an area were a stream or river meanders through a relatively level area. Over time the course of the river may change and straighten out. Flooding may cause the change in river course. In that process it may leave a section of the old river as a lake that is then known as an oxbow lake. Creve Coeur Lake is one such lake.
As you can see from this location that you are located at the edge of the Missouri River floodplain. In front of you is a waterfall that is cascading down the bluffs that define the edge of the flood plain. Historically the river has reached the spot where you stand. Notice the layering of the rocks that make up the bluffs. This simple observation indicates that these rocks are sedimentary in nature. The majority of the rock here is limestone from the Pennsylvanian and Mississippian periods. This limestone has been able to withstand the effects caused by erosion over time and gives the distinct river bottom boundary in the form of bluffs.
The waterfall in front of you has offered a little additional erosion to the limestone bluffs but not much. Just to your left is a sign that talks about this waterfall and gives the story of how Creve Coeur Lake (meaning Broken Heart in French) was named. The sign also indicates what the geological source of this waterfall is.
1) To log this Earthcache you must email me the source of this waterfall according to the sign that talks about the Indian princess. It is not the Indian princess or her broken heart! The sign mentions something else. 2) OPTIONAL - Please try to include a picture of yourself at the waterfall and post it with your log.
You can log your find on the cache page at the same time. You will only hear from me if your answer is wrong! Hint - The source is not the Indian princess herself.
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Last Updated: on 4/25/2017 7:41:29 PM Pacific Daylight Time (2:41 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum