Cliffs and Talus

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Photo of cliffs overlooking Ha Ha Tonka Spring


Cliffs are steep to vertical exposures of bedrock (or loess) 10 feet or more in height. Nine distinct cliff natural communities have been identified in Missouri, distinguished by rock type and by amount of moisture.

Photo showing Jam Up Cave, steep cliffs, talus, and Jacks Fork River.


Talus slopes often occur at the bases of cliffs and consist of loose rock fragments or slabs covering more than half the surface area. Because the rocks are prone to movement, trees have trouble getting established in these areas.