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威斯康星德尔斯的峡谷

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威斯康星德尔斯 (Wisconsin Dells)
您曾听过有树林的小谷地吗?

威斯康星德尔斯是威斯康星河沿岸,一个由外形奇异的岩石所构成的谷地,这些石头都是由冰川融化后的强劲水流所侵蚀而成。这个地区5亿年前的景色,跟现在有很大的差异。它曾被浅海覆盖。约有8千万年的时间,海水在这片土地上来来回回的流动,将沙子遗留在海洋底端。随着时间的前进,沙子逐渐累积,直至超出水平面;这些浮出水面的大型沙地,就是您现在在威斯康星德尔斯所看到的高大沙岩峭壁。全世界只有以下其他三个地方,能够查找这些独特的峭壁:瑞士、德国及部分纽约。

威斯康星德尔斯这个字来自于一个法国名词:dalles,意即「像厚片的石头」而其中一些较具特色的岩石,则以其形似物品来命名,如:烟囱石。1800年代,德尔斯成为威斯康星州境内,一个受欢迎的观光景点。今日游客们仍然可以享受探索该区洞穴及拱石的乐趣。


Have you ever heard of a dell?

The Wisconsin Dells are dramatic rock formations found along the Wisconsin River. They were shaped by strong currents of water from melting glaciers. About 500 million years ago, this area was a lot different than it looks today. It used to be covered by shallow seas. For about 80 million years the seas flowed back and forth over the land, leaving sand on the sea bottom. Over time, the sand kept building up until it rose above the seas. The huge sand formations that rose out of the water are the tall sandstone cliffs you see today in the Wisconsin Dells. These unique cliffs can be found in only three other areas in the world, Switzerland, Germany and parts of New York.

The Wisconsin Dells got their name from the French term "dalles." It means "slab-like rock." Some of the more distinctive rock formations are named for objects they resemble, such as Chimney Rock. During the 1800s, the Dells grew to be a popular tourist attraction in Wisconsin. Visitors still enjoy exploring the area's caves and arches.

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