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  Geologic Overlook
by Basaic

One of the earlier pullouts along the access road, before the visitors center, is an interesting area that teaches about the geologic origins of the rock forming the cliffs where the Mesa Verde dwellings are built, and the seep springs that helped provided them with fresh water. The rock forming these cliffs started forming about 90 million years ago when the area was covered by a shallow sea. The Colorado Plateau began raising to its current 8000 feet about 65 million years ago.

Address: P.O. Box 8, Mesa Verde National Park CO 81330
Phone: (970) 529-4465
Website: http://www.nps.gov/meve

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  • Written Nov 5, 2011
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