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Merritts Creek EarthCache

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Hidden : 06/09/2008
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   not chosen (not chosen)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is located along the connector road between Rt. 60 and Rt. 2 at Merritts Creek. It is an easy pull off and has no terrain or obstructions

The Stratigraphy of Eastern Cabell County
Although a state since 1863, West Virginia was actually millions of years in the making. The mineral wealth and natural beauty of West Virginia owe their origins to geologic processes that began eons ago. Without these geologic processes, there would be no rocks, rivers, minerals, or scenic beauty. Indeed, there would be no mountains in the Mountain State.

The history of the earth is broken up into a hierarchical set of divisions for describing geologic time. As increasingly smaller units of time, the generally accepted divisions are eon, era, period, epoch, age. In the time scale shown at left, only the two highest levels of this hierarchy are represented.

Here you can journey through the history of the Earth, with stops at particular points in time to examine the fossil record and stratigraphy. You might wish to start in the Cenozoic Era (65 million years ago to the present) and work back through time, or start with Hadean time (4.5 to 3.8 billion years ago) and journey forward to the present day. No matter "when" you start, you will be able to learn about the stratigraphy, ancient life, fossil localities, and tectonics of the various time periods.

Located along the Merritts Creek Connector, you will be able to see the Strata exposed by the excavation for the road. At the coordinates N 38.26.174 W 082.17.170, you will be at the site.

Looking at the west wall and using the link (visit link)
You will need to answer the following questions about the geological period that created the Stratas to log this find. Do not post your answers, email me, and I will send a confirmation to log your find.

A) Post a picture of yourself and gps with the site in the background.
B) How many layers can you identify a. 1 b. 3 c. 4
C) Which is the largest identifiable layer a. Shale b. Sandstone c. alluvial
D) During which geological period were the Stratas created a. Pennsylvanian b. Ordovician c. Mississippian
E) How old are the geological deposits a. 280-310 million yrs b. 310-345 million yrs. c. 345- 405 million yrs.
I hope you have learned a little about the geological formations of the region.

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