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The Sphinx Head at Hocking Hills State Park, Hocking County, Ohio, 1968


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Downstream from Old Man's Cave, Old Man's Creek encounters the resistant lowermost zone of the Black Hand Sandstone and cascades into a broad plunge pool as a scenic waterfall known as the Lower Falls. On the face of the Lower Falls visible from above is the erosional feature known as Sphinx Head. The profile displays small scale effects of erosion and weathering on the Black Hand Sandstone. The slight parallel recesses from the chin to the mouth and in the brow are caused by weathering along bedding planes. Pitting at the forehead and honeycomb weathering along the cheek are the results of removal of individual sand grains by water as it disolves the cementing material. The jutting chin was formed by the stream undercutting the rock, [...]

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title Parent-57f2863ae4b0bc0bebfff9b8 The Sphinx Head at Hocking Hills State Park, Hocking County, Ohio, 1968

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alternateGeometryHocking County (Ohio), Hocking Hills State Park (Ohio) South Bloomingville 7.5-minute Quadrangle

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