Part III: Geology and the Emigrant

Devil's gate

Publication: Overland Journal, Vol. 3, No. 3

Author: Charles Martin Jr.

Date of Publication: Summer 1985

PDF File: volume-3-no-3-summer-1985.pdf


Erosion of weathered rock material is an important landscape forming process, but along many parts of the trails volcanism and mountain building have occured so recently they are the dominant factors in landscape formation. However, between Ash Hollow and Scotts Bluff, rapid erosion of the soft sedimentary layers is responsible for the landforms that so many emigrants described.