GSM 2015 July Pictured Rocks MI - Day 1 PM
Dec 1, 2015Public
Photo: Munising Falls Visitor Center - they were short on benches and picnic tables, so we just parked outselves for lunch.
Photo: The Munising Falls Visitor Center includes displays of the natural and cultural history of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, including early iron smelting, geology, forest history, rare and endangered species, logging and recreation.
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Photo: Munising Falls is a waterfall located in the westernmost portion of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The falls drops about 50 feet over a sandstone cliff.
Photo: With the exception of the spring thaw, the amount of water falling is relatively small. There are trails leading to multiple viewpoints around the falls.
Photo: The softer sandstone layers below the crest of the falls have been undercut.
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Photo: Watch for ferns, wildflowers, and an occasional mink.
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Photo: One floweret from the previous photo.
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Photo: Randy leads us along a rock joint to get a closer view of the falls.
Photo: A few ferns make their homes in the rock joint.
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Photo: Why So Many Waterfalls?  Most of the waterfalls in this area are the result of water running over a shelf or cliffs of hard limey sandstone called the Munising Formation.
Photo: This formation of rock extends from Tahquamenon Falls, some 75 miles east of the national lakeshore, to Laughing Whitefish Falls, about 30 miles west of the lakeshore.
Photo: The Munising formation is also called the Northern Michigan cuesta or escarpment.
Photo: Signage at Sand Point