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Reed2ME has been traveling through this area for over a decade but somehow, we never came across this waterfall until October 27, 2012. We'd never read the sign so we hadn't stopped before to explored here. Due to snow, parking for this EarthCache may not be available at times during the winter.

We used the coordinates where we viewed the waterfall from to create this listing. From there, you can have a picnic while you complete this EarthCache.

This waterfall, located in the town of Sandy Bay in Somerset County, is "noted for bedrock cleavage" in the DeLorme Maine Atlas and Gazetteer. This type of waterfall is called a Horsetail waterfall. This waterfall has a total drop of 15 yards or 45 feet.

waterfall - a steep fall of water, as of a stream, from a height; cascade

bedrock - the solid rock that lies beneath the soil and other loose material on the Earth's surface.

cleavage - the breaking of certain minerals along specific planes, making smooth surfaces. . . A mineral that exhibits cleavage breaks into smooth pieces with the same pattern of parallel surfaces regardless of how many times it is broken.

Source: The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Horsetail - Waterfalls that fan out as they drop into a steep slope but maintaining contact with the underlying cliff face usually fall into this category. The name of this category derives from the fact that some might observe the shape the waterfall under this circumstance resembles a horse's tail. In terms of waterfall formation and evolution, these types of waterfalls are either younger than the plunge types or the hard rock layer is steeply sloped. World of Waterfalls

To claim this EarthCache, please send us the answers to the following questions:

1. What is the name of this waterfall? It can be found near the coordinates or on a map.

2. What has caused this waterfall to not flow straight down?

3. Which direction does the water flow, to the left or to the right?

4. Is this a horsetail waterfall due to being "younger than the plunge types" of waterfalls or because "the hard rock layer is steeply sloped" here?

5. Based on the formation of the bedrock, how do you think the cleavage will break next?

6. How will the next break change the water flow's direction?

7. Bonus - Where would you find this waterfall on the Maine DeLorme Map? Give the map page number as well as the letter and number of the grid.

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