of Cascadilla Gorge
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Cascadilla Gorge, Ithaca, NY
We found dozens of these rock piles that other visitors to the
gorge had built and we left a few of our own. This is a wonderful
and creative hot weather activity.
We've seen these at other waterfalls and have decided to call them
"whoodoos" or waterfall hoodoos.
- hoodoo, n. (Geology.) A column of eccentrically shaped
rock, produced by differential weathering. The American Heritage®
Dictionary of the English Language
- hoodoo \Hoo"doo\, n. A natural rock pile or pinnacle
of fantastic shape. [Western U. S.] Webster's Revised Unabridged
"Hoodoo" also has the meaning of an evil spell or one
who casts an evil spell or something that causes bad luck. We certainly
hope that there were no evil intentions by the creators of these
whoodoos. We think they are harmless and transient, and they cast
a spell of fun and creativity that can last for weeks as others
join in with their contributions.
You can see some of our other hoodoos (geological sense) by clicking
And here are links to some other hoodoo pages.
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