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The Rawlins Uplift

The Rawlins Uplift. Rawlins is bottom center, with I-80 visible. (Google Maps)

The Rawlins Uplift has been morphing for billions of years. It’s a geological wonder that rises a thousand feet above the surrounding plains, just north of Rawlins, Wyoming. A massive north-trenching fold in the earth’s crust that stretches 40 miles, the Rawlins Uplift is a jutting ridge of statified rock, chock full of fossils and minerals that makes this area a rockhound and geologist’s paradise.

Along the crest and slopes of the Rawlins Uplift you’ll find granite that is 2-and-a-half billion years old. The reddish rock in the distant hills is flathead sandstone from the Cambrian period that dates back 520 million years. The gray-colored stone is Madison limestone, some 360 million years old. The very popular red iron oxide was used to make “Rawlins Red”, the paint that was used to cover the Brooklyn Bridge, and was mined here from 1870 to the early 1900’s.

Here at the Rawlins Uplift, collectors will find jade, agate, and petrified wood. And geologists are most interested in the oil, gas, and coal that lies underground. I guess you could call this an “uplifting” Wonder, here at the Rawlins Uplift.

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