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EarthCache Site The Mogul Landslide GPS Coordinates: N39°30.814', W119°55.588 ' (WGS 84 datum)

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Landslide – for some the word has connotations of the song by the Dixie Chicks or Fleetwood Mac, but at this Earthcache site just west of Reno you can see a real-life example of the geologic formation for which the song was titled. Long Description To get to an easily accessible viewing point for the landslide, take the Mogul exit #7 off Interstate 80 eastbound, a few miles west of Reno, and turn west on the frontage road at the foot of the off-ramp. Pull off the road in a large gravel turn-out (location of coordinates). From this spot, look due south across the river. If you scan the area just below the crest of the hill, you will see an arcuate cut of layered gravel deposits overlying soft, unstable sediments of what is called the Sandstone of Hunter Creek. This scar is the headwall of a historic landslide that occurred sometime between 1880 and 1906. The crumpled looking lobe of ground below the scar is the material that moved down slope in the landslide, extending into the river. (The feature can also be seen less distinctly from the Scenic View overlook area of eastbound Interstate 80 between exits #6 and #7 west of Reno.

Year: 2011
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