Formed after New Madrid Earthquake
Bald Cypress Trees
Photo taken by Steve Conro
+36.37084, -89.4171136°22'15" N, 89°25'02" W
According to the USGS Reelfoot Lake was formed when the region subsided during the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811–1812. Several eyewitnesses reported that the Mississippi River flowed backward for 10–24 hours to fill the lake. The earthquakes resulted in several major changes in the landforms over a widespread area with shocks being felt as far away as Quebec.
Also noted for its Bald Cypress Trees.
- April 1, 2012: Added by Steve Conro