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Time Capsule in the Sand

Chalky bluffs that reveal layers of sand and clay below the forest floor are a common sight in the Sandhills region of the Pee Dee. These cutaways in the earth provide a vertical timeline of geologic history, revealing the character of Cretaceous era rivers and coastal areas that covered the area 140-165 million years ago.

Bluffs such as these provide Geologist Fred Edinger with an outdoor classroom. “All in all it tells a story of a Pee Dee back millions and millions of years ago that was a coastal region…Sometimes violent, sometimes flooding, sometimes stormy, and other times very quiet and calm.”

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