ANOTHER NEW Rock Slide in the Smokies… this time, on Little River Rd. on the way to Cades Cove

This is becoming an all too common report.  Yet ANOTHER rock slide in the Smokies.  This one includes SUV-SIZED boulders.  It happened on Little River Rd.  That’s the road to Cades Cove in the park.  I’ve been wondering why there have been so many rock slides, and the first news report below explains why.  If you read about the geology of the park, you understand that one reason the Smokies is a much smoother mountain range than other mountain ranges, like the younger mountains out west, is that over time rocks fall down the mountains, and into the valleys. 

Well, the recent rains, coupled with the colder weather/snow means the rock has cracked up a bit.  Small fractures get water in them that expands as the water freezes.  That then expands the crack.  The process continues until the rock breaks off.  That explains how huge boulders end up in the rivers of the Smokies. 

Due to the size/location of the slide, there is no time-frame yet to have the road cleared/back open.  I’ll post updates here as I find them.  Check out more at the links below…

http://www.volunteertv.com/news/headlines/88383452.html?ref=452

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/mar/18/new-rockslide-shuts-down-road/

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