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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