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Northern Panamint Region
Cottonwood Canyon/MegabrecciaNP2c. Location/Access:
(36o 34.214’N; 117o 19.405’W) Site NP4c is located 1.4 miles beyond the cave and 16.0 miles from Stovepipe Wells. The megabreccia is at eye level on the right canyon wall.
Best Time: Anytime in the cool half of the year.
Geology: This site is very similar to Site GF2i in Titus Canyon except that this site is smaller and the breccia fragments are smaller and rounder. One would assume that the origin is similar: The limestone was being pulled apart as groundwater precipitated travertine around the fragments as they moved apart. Again, the movement is assumed to be of tectonic origin. Notice here, in comparison to Titus Canyon, that there is a very well-defined precipitate rim around some of the particles. Groundwater was and is obviously very active here in Cottonwood Canyon as all of the sties in Cottonwood Canyon have groundwater components to their explanation.