Whittaker Falls Downstream

Whittaker falls on Roaring Brook in upstate New York. Water is falling over limestone in the Trenton Group (a geological name for the bedrock that outcrops in the area.  Upstate New York has many waterfalls due to the regional geology. Initially, an inland sea deposited alternating shale and limestone beds. Uplift of the nearby Adirondack Mountains tilted and faulted these beds. As the layers of shale and limestone tilted, they broke (faulted) and created a steplike structure. As rivers erode the less resistant shale, they bottom out on the more solid and resistant limestone. When the river erodes down to a fault (or step) it stays high on the limestone and erodes the shale on the other side of the fault until it reaches the top of the limestone that was displaced downwards, forming a waterfall over the step.

Copyright: Pete Babij
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 23400x11700
Taken: 06/09/2009
Uploaded: 12/02/2013
Updated: 28/02/2013


Tags: waterfall; river; falls; slate; shale
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