Our Dynamic Landscape: Geology, Culture, History
From atop Clayton's Overlook, learn about the geological, cultural and historical landscape of the area from the highest point on the property.
Completed in 2009, this stunning exhibit focuses on the geology of the Davis Mountains. With the advantage of a 360 degree view from the hilltop, six 5' x 3' panels describe how the various mountains of the region were formed, along with a great graphic of the interior of each mountain. Four additional panels describe how the culture and history of the region are linked to the geology.
IN 2017, a companion piece to this exhibit was made a part of our permanent collection inside the Powell Visitor Center. (See below.)
It's a Long Story
"It's a Long Story" was installed inside the Powell Visitor Center in 2017. This 4' x 6' wall exhibit delineates the Geologic Timeline to put the passage of time since the Hadean Period to the present in a concise and easy to grasp visual display.
To understand the abundant emergence of life on Earth during the Phanerozoic Eon, we've expanded that section so you can see the developments during each Period.
The "Rock Out" feature on the timeline ties in the rocks that are featured in our wrap-around Geological Timeline exhibit in front of the Powell Visitor Center.
Chihuahuan Desert Mining Heritage Exhibit
Explore the mining heritage of the Northern Chihuahuan Desert and visit a replica of a 19th Century mine including artifacts from the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, along with samples of minerals and ores from the Chihuahuan Desert region.
This exhibit tells the story of mining in the Chihuahuan Desert region through displays of artifacts and the ores mined in the region including lead, zinc, barite, copper, manganese, sulfur, oil, gas, fluorite, talc, potash, water, quarry stone, gypsum, mercury, bentonite, salt, silver, gold, sand, and gravel. The exhibit includes the replica of a late-19th century head frame, a horse-whim, and a display of fluorescent minerals.