Griggs Nature Preserve

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4335 Hayden Run Rd
Dublin, OH 43017
4335 Hayden Run Rd
Dublin, OH 43017
By: Jenna Navaratnam

By: Jenna Navaratnam

Griggs Nature Preserve
Griggs Nature Preserve

Introduction:
For my study location I chose the Griggs Nature Preserve, most notably Hayden Falls Park. The latitude and longitude of which is 40° 04’05. 12’’N and 83°06’30. 32’’W, with an elevation that ranges between 797 to 758 feet. I chose this location because even though I had only been there once before, but still found it intriguing that such a place untouched my man could exist completely surrounded by concrete and shopping centers. While preparing to explore this landscape I asked myself several questions in hopes of picking an interesting landscape. The first being “how and I supposed to find and interesting landscape in Columbus Ohio, everything is completely flat.” The second was, “well I know that rivers are usually interesting, where do I know a landscape near a river?” And lastly I asked myself, “What landscape would demonstrate a lot of what we learned about in lab and lecture?” And then it hit me that this place that I had only been to once, that is hidden away from society, and is so different from everything around it, would be perfect. The Griggs Nature Preserve. Observations:

The Scioto River was formed from the preglacial Teays River; in the late Cenozoic Era several river valleys were carved out and eventually developed into the present-day Ohio River. Before the Pleistocene Ice Age the Teays flowed between Kentucky and Ohio and is believed to have been connected to with the Illinois River. As the glaciers advanced and recessed their melt water wiped away a lot of the Teays River and created several lakes, such as the Glacial lake Tight and the Glacial Lake Monongahela. As these glacial lakes flooded and overflowed into nearby low valleys, new rivers formed and among them the present-day Scioto River. About 100-yards away from the Scioto River we find the Hayden Run Falls, hidden deep within the Griggs Nature Preserve. Surrounding the falls and the outflowing stream connecting Hayden Run to the Scioto River is a very intriguing ecosystem, different from its surroundings. The park is found in the middle of bustling shopping centers, traffic, and houses, hidden from view by towering sidewalls. When passing the Griggs Nature Preserve one only sees a sign that says “Griggs Nature Preserve” and a small empty parking lot, what is not seen is the stairs that lead to the park. Once you have parked and descended about 10 feet you really begin to see the concealed beauty, on both sides of you are 30-foot walls of sedimentary rock and between is a clear stream and towering trees. Figure 1: Teays River Figure 1: Teays River

I went to the park on December 1, 2012 and for a majority of that day it was raining in Hilliard. Luckily I was about to go and scout out the area during one of the reprieves. As we know rain usually means low pressure, and accompanying the low pressure on the first was warm front, causing light showers for several days. Because of the rain a lot of the debris is scattered throughout the stream, but one can still see the build up of leaves on the inside curves of the stream, due to the slowing of velocity. Walking further down the boardwalk one is able to see several different species of trees, such as sycamores, box elders, ashes, and silver maples. In the canopy, which is now exposed, one was really able to see the occurrence of emergent, in that several of the trees had fallen resulting in an open space in the canopy. Now you can see the smaller, more starved tree began growing toward the light filling in the open space. Being winter most, if not all, of the leaves had fallen off of the trees due to moisture conservation and weathering. The leaves on the ground combined with other organic material created a thick litter across the reservoir. Ohio is in the Mid Latitude Deciduous Forest biome, which is...
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