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10014: Zeagle Rock Zeagle Rock
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10014: Zeagle Rock: Text from Parker, 1979 concerning the area: "A remarkable entrenched meander of the river occurs in New Light township a mile north of N. C. Highway 98 and 1 1/2 miles east of N. C. Highway 50. The river turns north at right angles and makes a tight hook-shaped, double loop for 3 miles before returning to within 1500 feet of the initial bend, where it resumes its southeast course. Near the middle of this loop, where the river is flowing north, a spectacular cliff and crag (Zeagle's Rock) have been formed (fig. 15). The cliffs extend along the west bank of the river for several hundred feet and the crag overhangs the middle of the river at a height of about 55 feet. The rock here and in the vicinity is garnet-biotite gneiss that dips westward at 25 degrees into the ridge. The crest of the ridge above the crag and within the meander loop at elevations of 300-310 feet is covered with iron-stained quartz gravel, deposited when the river bottom was at upland level and meandered on
the then flat peneplain. As uplift of the region rejuvenated the stream, it eroded downward in its existing course and laterally on the outside of its curve, undercutting the west-dipping gneisses. The river's meandering course, then, is ancient and its steep valley sides more recent."

Click on figure to right for enlarged view of Parker, 1979 Figure 15.

Zeagle Rock - Parker, 1979