Red Mountain Cut National Natural Landmark, U.S. 280 at Red Mountain, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL
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U.S. 280 at Red Mountain, Birmingham, AL
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Survey number HAER AL-85
Significance: The Red Mountain Expressway Cut through Red Mountain is designated as a National Natural Landmark by the United States Department of Interior and as a National Site of Geological Interest by the American Geological Institute. The strata exposed by the cut were formed over 160 million years of geologic time. They contain the fossilized remains of a wide range of paleo-environments that existed during this immense timespan. The iron ore and limestone seams exposed along the walkway are the same ones that were mined to provide raw materials for the Sloss City Furnaces, which are visible from the cut, and the other blast furnaces of the Birmingham District.
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1. AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHWEST ALONG RED MOUNTAIN TOWARD THE BIRMINGHAM CITY CENTER WITH U.S. HIGHWAY 280 (BOTTOM LEFT TO CENTER) AND THE HIGHWAY CUT (CENTER RIGHT).
2. AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHWEST ALONG RED MOUNTAIN TOWARD THE BIRMINGHAM CITY CENTER WITH U.S. HIGHWAY 280 (BOTTOM LEFT TO CENTER) AND THE HIGHWAY CUT (CENTER RIGHT).
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