The picture below shows the lower rapids a year ago from the southern bank of the Minnesota River. Though the upper rapids were exposed at the time, the lower rapids were seemingly just below the surface of the water.
Ten months later, with the continued drop of the Minnesota River, the lower rapids have been exposed. The picture below was taken from the northern bank of the Minnesota River.
The rapids are created as water flows over the Cambrian-aged Jordan Sandstone. The bedrock here is one of the very few locations of exposed bedrock in Carver County, Minnesota.
Below is a 1.15 gigapixel image of the lower Carver Rapids taken from the northern bank of the Minnesota River.
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