Cliffs of Westmoreland

Westmoreland Cliff

The Cliffs of Westmoreland rising above the Potomac River on Virginia’s Northern Neck. photo by C. M. Bailey

The Cliffs of Westmoreland rise 30 to 45 meters (~100 to 150′) above the waters of the Potomac River.  These bluffs expose Miocene to Pliocene sedimentary units, some which are quite fossiliferous.  For more information on the geology of Westmoreland checkout the 2005 Virginia Geological Field Conference guidebook by Buck Ward and others. Note the erosion-control structures along the shore (lower right).