The mysterious of devils tower wyoming usa

Devils Tower is a laccolithic butte composed of igneous rock in the Bear Lodge Mountains (part of the Black Hills) near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River. It rises dramatically 1,267 feet (386 m) above the Belle Fourche River, standing 867 feet (265 m) from summit to base. The summit is 5,112 feet (1,559 m) above sea level.

The formation of the Devils Tower is not fully understood by geologists. There are a number of theories, however, regarding its origins. The main area of debate stems from how this igneous rock material settled in its present form. According to the National Parks Service, a 1907 study by scientists Nelson Horatio Darton and C.C. O’Hara theorized that the Devils Tower was created when a large amount of igneous rock came to the surface through sedimentary rock. Known as a laccolith, this creates a bulge in the earth without releasing any molten rock. Another theory states that the monument is most likely the interior of an extinct volcano, whereby the remaining debris and ash eroded away.

Wyoming is an incredible place and Devils Tower is part of what makes it “like no other place on earth, ”(according to the Wyoming entrance signs and license plates). Devils Tower was made famous in modern times by the 1977 movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” but for many moons before that, tribal people had been visiting it, and regarded the area as a sacred site. The legends surrounding the Tower are many, and the stories were no doubt passed down through the generations around the fire.

Many tribes from all over America consider the site of Devils Tower to be sacred. “Devils Tower” is a name the white man gave the formation. It was named in 1875 when a mis-interpretation from Colonel Richard Irving Dodge’s expedition somehow translated the native name as “Bad God’s Tower,” and this eventually led to the name Devils Tower. It has many tribal names. The Lakota indians have their own names for it such as Mato Tipila, which means “Bear Lodge.” Other names from other American Indian tribes are Grey Horn Butte, He Hota Paha, Bear Rock or Bear Mountain, Tree Rock, and Grizzly Bear Lodge to list a few. The bear theme comes from a common story about Devils Tower. The Legend of its creation goes something like this…..

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