Northwestern Dolomite Cliffs

 

Need a place to stop for lunch or escape from the blistering winds? We've got a place for you!! There is an excellent place to sit in your canoe and get out of the wind or rain. It is hidden from view from the southern part of the pond and is located towards the northwestern corner of this beautiful pond. You can enjoy your tasty lunch while learning about the dolomite rock that forms a cove surrounded by cliffs that rises up from the water in front of you. Don't worry if you have no clue about this kind of rock, we'll tell you about it. The rock formation is made of dolomite. Yeah, I know, dolomite seems like just another rock, but actually, it is very important. This cliff is the only one around the whole pond that is made up of dolomite. Dolomite is formed from limestone (CaCO3), but it gains a magnesium atom and loses a calcium atom to form (Ca,Mg)CO3. As you can tell by touching the rock, it is a tough rock to break, even with a hammer.

 

As you eat or rest, you may notice some juicy raspberries hanging off the cliff, but there are also other plants that also grow next to the berries. Ferns, raspberries, and other small plants grow in a large v-shaped crack that runs vertical from the water up towards the top of the cliff. The v-shaped crack is actually a diagonal slant in the rock that is covered with moist soil that provides an excellent habitat for plants. This largely vegetated area is protected from the wind and rain. Some of the plants grow there because they need this protection to survive. One of the ferns that grows there is maidenhair spleenwort. It is a small fern and only grows in moist and protected areas, especially on limestone or dolomite cliffs. Two small plants that also grow on the cliffs are columbine and harebells. Columbine is a beautiful red flower that has long droopy flower bells with backward-pointing tubes. The harebells have small blue bell-like flowers that grow single or in clusters. Harebells mainly grow along rocky banks, slopes and shores. Other small plants, such as grasses, grow along the cliff in small soil pockets.

Before you head off, you should look off the side of your boat and notice the depth. Do you think the large cliff influences the depth? If you said yes, you are right. The steepness of the cliff extends down into the water. The depth of the pond about ten feet away from the cliff is 4.3 meters or 14 feet. This shows that the rock extends at least 14 feet down into the water. We found this out by using a depth finder, and we noticed there was an increase in depth very quickly.