Sideling Hill near Hancock MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member akern.geo
N 39° 43.149 W 078° 16.899
17S E 733001 N 4400119
Quick Description: When Interstate 68 was built in western Maryland, a cut through Sideling Hill exposed 810 feet of rock strata. Visitors can see and learn more about this geological formation at the rest stop near Hancock, Maryland.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 8/30/2009 6:15:06 PM
Waymark Code: WM7480
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
Views: 16

Long Description:
Almost 810 feet of rock strata was exposed when I-68 was cut through Sideling Hill near Hancock, Maryland in 1986. Sideling Hill is a tightly folded syncline in a series of ridges and valleys. The highway cut exposed an unusual formation where the downward fold ended up as a ridge because the youngest rock formed an erosion resistant cap.
The Sideling Hill deposits were laid down about 330 to 345 million years ago. The many layers can be differentiated by the reds, yellows, grays and browns seen in the mountain side.
Check out the posted website for more information, or better yet, stop by and take a look for yourself at Earth's past.
The Education Center was closed on August 24, 2009, but informational markers are on site for more information. Travelers' services are also available, and the site can be accessed eastbound by a pedestrian bridge across I-68.
Waymark is confirmed to be publicly accessible: yes

Parking Coordinates: N 39° 43.087 W 078° 16.812

Requires a high clearance vehicle to visit.: no

Requires 4x4 vehicle to visit.: no

Public Transport available: no

Website reference: [Web Link]

Access fee (In local currency): Not Listed

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