Stebbins Gulch Big Rockfall

Big rockfall from the Berea cliffs above the creek

This is a chunk of fallen rock that dropped about 60 feet from the Berea Sandstone cliff and landed on the creek bed.  The detachment scar is still clearly visible on the cliff.  The rock has not budged since hitting the creek, despite the enormous erosive power of the stream in full flood.  Even more surprising, much of the plant life that was growing on the top surface (now the side) of the rock before it fell survived the fall.  The tree that once grew vertically now has a horizontal trunk with branches growing straight upwards, an example of how living things cling tenaciously to life.    

     
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