Amazing Kids! Magazine

A Narrow Place

By Enzo Monfre

 

The Narrows is an aquifer located in Blanco County, Texas. It is an amazing place that was formed mostly by limestone and a massive fossilized coral reef, over millions of years.

An aquifer is a porous deposit of rock, such as limestone or sandstone, containing or conducting ground water, that can be used to supply water for wells, and springs, etc.

The Blanco River cuts through an exposed fossilized coral reef dating from the Late Cretaceous period.

The Blanco River cuts through an exposed fossilized coral reef dating from the Late Cretaceous period.

I’ve been to The Narrows several times and each time it is a different experience. This 1000-foot-long area has arches of rock submerged under water, pools of water that seem bottomless, and the amazing ability to steal sunglasses.

Over millions of years of rain, underground springs, and wind, The Narrows is home to some great rock formations. From pillars of stone reaching over 100 feet from the bottom or barely reaching the surface of the water, to arches of rock submerged less than a foot underwater, to the massive 40 foot walls of fossilized coral that line this canyon, this place is a perfect example of how nature can carve-out almost anything.

The pools of water at The Narrows are over 100 feet deep and are separated by walls of limestone that stop at the waters surface. These pools eventually lead into the Blanco River. It is home to many kinds of wildlife, from a variety of fish, to turtles. On one occasion, after I jumped into the first pool and crawled onto a pillar of rock, I found myself inches away from a snake!

Playing in the pools at The Narrows.

Playing in the pools at The Narrows.

The Narrows has the amazing ability to steal items from you. My dad has lost one-and-a-half pairs of sunglasses in that water (don’t ask me how he lost half a pair of sunglasses). One time we found a plastic human skull! Our friend goes on a scuba dive to retrieve items people have lost.

This is an amazing natural wonder that has been millions of years in the making, and I’m glad that I am able to see it.