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Montlake: An Amazing Sinkhole

Paris B. Stockdale
The Journal of Geology
Vol. 44, No. 4 (May - Jun., 1936), pp. 515-522
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30068179
Page Count: 8

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Topics: Sinkholes, Sandstones, Limestones, Shales, Escarpments, Plateaus, Lakes, Caves, Geology, Rocks
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Montlake: An Amazing Sinkhole
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Abstract

Montlake is a large, spectacular sinkhole, walled with massive sandstone, located on the Cumberland Plateau, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is virtually unknown and is remarkably different from the common types of sinkholes. In spite of its situation 800 feet above limestone beds, it is thought to have originated by collapse of hundreds of feet of strata into a large cavern. Description and preliminary treatment of the theory of origin are here offered.

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