Canyon Gorge update

My stat counter tells me some of you may have seen the news that Canyon Lake Gorge will now be open to the public. If you are in the area and can get into one of these tours, trust me, it will blow your mind. A rare opportunity to see the results of a natural […]

Canyon Lake Gorge, Part 4

Yet another type of limestone, and more fossils. One of the most exciting things revealed within the gorge is a major fault within the Balcones Fault zone, the Hidden Valley Fault, shown above. In the picture, note where the group of people are standing. Behind them, on the left of the picture, the stone is […]

Canyon Lake Gorge, Part 3

The gorge is part of the Trinity Aquifer recharge zone and the dynamics of groundwater are evident everywhere. Here, runoff falls from one level to the next. At the top of this photo, note the shallowness of the topsoil—this is fairly constant for most of the Edwards Plateau region. Limestone is rarely far from the […]

Canyon Lake Gorge, part 2

It was cold and incredibly windy as the class gathered up at the dam overlook yesterday morning. Before we descended into the gorge, we got a refresher on Texas geological history from Dr. Carter Keairns. The limestone in this area was formed during depositional cycles when much of Texas lay under a warm, shallow inland […]

Canyon Lake Gorge, part 1

As promised yesterday, posting on my field trip to the Canyon Lake Gorge. The trip was part of a class I’m taking, and it was quite a privilege to get a look at this place— a pristine “portal” if you will, directly into the Lower Cretaceous. First, some backstory about the place. Recent backstory, that […]

Gorge Blogging!

I got to spend today exploring the Canyon Lake spillway gorge – what an experience. Right now, I am too worn out to write much other than “Wow” and “Whoah,” so I’ll just share a couple of pictures. More coming tomorrow. .