Up A Creek With A Canadian
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FIRST FOUND BY:
RexC and the Girls on July 4,2008
The West Creek
West Creek is a 9 mile tributary of the Cuyahoga River and encompasses a 14 square mile watershed. West Creek has 10,000 years of history beginning with post-glacial remnants. Early maps of the area mark West Creek first as Skinner Creek. It is likely that the creek took its modern name from the West family who lived along a tributary of the creek in Independence Township, at least in the mid-to-late 19th century. There were no east-west roads within the township that crossed its entire breadth. The deep gorge that housed the wandering creek, later called Quarry Creek, was the natural boundary that kept East Parma and West Parma apart for more than 130 years.
Finding this Earthcache will involve getting your feet wet, cachers will need to wade in West Creek in water that may be one to two feet deep.
The location of this earth cache is a confluence in the West Creek. A confluence, in geography, describes the meeting of two or more bodies of water. It usually refers to the point where a tributary joins a more major river, called the mainstem, when that major river is also the highest order stream in the drainage basin. On warm summer days cachers can notice a significant temperature difference between the West Creek and this tributary. This is due to the shallowness and water speed of the tributary flowing into the slower moving deeper pool of the West Creek.
The Canadian is the lone rock at the mouth of confluence. This granite boulder is part of a collection of boulders, cobbles and gravel that were carried here thousands of years ago, perhaps by a catastrophic global flood, as it is not native to this area. They are easily distinguishable from the native rocks. The boulders, called erratics, can be seen throughout this watershed and along water sheds all around North East Ohio.
Answer the following questions by providing the following measurements.
1) Using a tape measure what is height and circumference of the Canadian?
2) Using your GPS measure the mouth of the confluence at its widest point. (Start at the Canadian.)
3)Post of photo of yourself or caching team around the canadian, faces must be visible.
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