Stop 14: Box Canyon

  Box canyon in Stebbins

Box canyon in the upper reaches of Stebbins Gulch

The ravine upstream of the big waterfall is much narrower than that downstream from the falls. Unlike the weak shales of the Chagrin, Cleveland and Bedford formations downstream of the big waterfall, the massive sandstone beds of the Berea Formation resist lateral and downward erosion. The result is a narrow gorge with vertical sides and a flat floor.  If it were out West, this part of Stebbins Gulch would be called a box canyon. The lesson here is that the differing properties of rocks like shale, siltstone and sandstone can have a profound impact on local topography.

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