Denuded Ouachita Rock Belt

Denuded Ouachita Rock Belt (HMHJH)

Location: Montague Township, TX 07827 Brewster County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 12.771', W 102° 59.294'

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Denuded Ouachita Rock Belt In highway cuts toward the east are excellent exposures of almost vertical rocks layers—part of the Ouachita Fold Belt, a northeasterly trending folded and faulted mountainous range which was uplifted about 275 to 290 million years ago. The deformation is comparable in age to the uplift that formed the Appalachian Range of the eastern United States. The term "Ouachita" for this earth formation comes from the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and Oklahoma. (These were named by the Indians, whose words were rendered into written language by the 16th century French explorers.) In the hillside toward the northeast, the highly deformed strata are overlaid by almost horizontal layers of "younger" rock—formed about 135 million years ago. Erosion wore down the old mountains; and when the area was covered by the sea, the horizontal layers were deposited on the sea floor. Later uplifting earth movement comparable in age to the forming of the Rocky Mountain range gently elevated this area, exposing it to erosional forces which have shaped the topography seen today. This region abounds in vivid lessons in geology, and is under constant study by scientists.
Year Placed1970
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 1:28am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 693634 N 3344082
Decimal Degrees30.21285000, -102.98823333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 12.771', W 102° 59.294'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 12' 46.26" N, 102° 59' 17.64" W
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Area Code(s)973
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 355 Unnamed Road, Montague Township TX 07827, US
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