Round Top Heritage Area Historical

Round Top Heritage Area Historical (HM1T9I)

Location: Hancock, MD 21750 Washington County
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N 39° 40.631', W 78° 13.743'

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Western Maryland Rail Trail

Round Top Hill is ecologically sensitive due to its unique geology and topography. These characteristics have resulted in the formation of unique natural habitats (often referred to as natural communities which support a variety of unusual plants and animals. Some of the plants and animals found at Round Top are quite rare in the region, and a number of them are considered threatened or endangered in Maryland.

Some of the special habitats that occur here include limestone glades (natural openings similar to small prairies), limestone forest, shale cliffs and caves.

Precipitation at Round Top evaporates quickly from the dry soils or percolates deeply into the fractured rock forming caverns as the limestone is dissolved. Within the caves, some of which were enlarged by limestone mining, are several distinct animal communities. Various species of bats make their homes here and strange eyeless, unpigmented crustaceans and flatworms have been found in the dark cave pools.
HM NumberHM1T9I
Placed ByWestern Maryland Rail Trail
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Date Added Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 737654 N 4395599
Decimal Degrees39.67718333, -78.22905000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 40.631', W 78° 13.743'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 40' 37.86" N, 78° 13' 44.58" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Western Maryland Rail Trail, Hancock MD 21750, US
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