The New River

 (Christopher Rolinson)

This is an image of the third oldest river in the world, West Virginia’s New River. The currently misnamed New River is part of the ancient river Teays. Before the last ice age the river system flowed north from Virginia through West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. At the conclusion of the Wisconsin Glacial Episode the ancient the northern stretches of the River Teays were filled with glacial sediment. Ice dams blocked the old routes and new southern drainages like the Ohio River were formed. This portion of the river was far enough south to escape glaciation and remains a relic of a far older river system.

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