AU SABLE CHASM tells the
story of the Ages. Here in enduring rock are the records of that dim
past when in the eternity of “the Beginning” the unstable earth reeled
and staggered with the pulsations of its heart of fire.
Here may be found the
ripple marks of waves that washed the ancient beach, and the pittings of
raindrops that fell when the rock was in its plastic state. Here are
signs of the hardening shell and the shrinking where the thin crust
wrinkled and bubbled up to mountain heights, then breaking like
crackle-glass, left deep gorges and ragged peaks.
Then the mighty leveling
glaciers followed to grind and polish and fill, and the floods came down
out of the mountains of the South loaded with sharp flint and rasping
quartz to clear the gorges and gnaw their way deep into the new rock,
until, in the fullness of time, stood revealed the “Walled Banks of the
Au Sable.” The story is all there, plain to those who can read its
To the scientist it is interesting as
illustrating rock fracture and erosion; to lovers of the strange and
beautiful, a place of wonder.
-Seneca Ray Stoddard, 1907
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