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View of Kinzua Dam from Jakes Rocks in northwestern Pennsylvania
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Glaciers, seas, and trilobites. View from Jakes Rocks showing the Kinzua
Dam, Kinzua Lake, and Allegheny River at Big Bend. You have to get out of the
car and walk around a little to see this. If you are real observant you might
catch it as you exit the parking lot at Jakes Rocks. Although these hills
definitely look like mountains, they really aren't.

This is called The Allegheny Plateau, which was made pretty much
impenetrable to colonial settlers after the watershed carved out all the steep
valleys.  This northern section was covered by glaciers, which explains why you
see huge rocks, some of them geometric, just lying around--that's where the
retreating ice left them. Before that, in geologic time, this area was completely
covered by water. It's not unusual to find a prefectly preserved fossil of a
trilobite or sea shell here, some of them a million years old or something
ridiculous like that. Notice how no one hill stands out taller than another and you
can begin to visualize a plateau here instead of mountains. Sort of a geological
optical illusion. Click on the photo to see how a growing nation tried to open up
this area.
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