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Kinzua Dam    to get a quick tour just click on each photo        
View of Kinzua Dam from Jakes Rocks in northwestern Pennsylvania
View from Jakes Rocks showing the Kinzua Dam, Kinzua
Lake, and Allegheny River at Big Bend. You have to get
out of the car and walk around a little to see this. If you
are real observant you might catch it as you exit the
parking lot at Jakes Rocks. Although these hills definitely
look like mountains, they really aren't. It was once a large
inland sea in geologic time.

This is called The Allegheny Plateau, which was made
pretty much impenetrable to colonial settlers after the
watershed carved out all the steep valleys.   Before that,
in geologic time, this area was completely covered by
water. It's not unusual to find a prefectly preserved fossil
of a trilobite or sea shell here, some of them a million
years old or something ridiculous like that. Notice how no
one hill stands out taller than another and you can begin to
visualize a plateau here instead of mountains. Sort of a
geological optical illusion. Click on the photo to see how a
growing nation tried to open up this area.
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