Definitions

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  • n. A harder or more resistant rock type overlying a weaker or less resistant rock type.

Etymologies

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cap +‎ rock

Examples

  • Once the great bears had lived in the Palo Duro, and along the broken ledge that the whites called the caprock.

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  • "AltaRock immediately ran into snags with its drilling, repeatedly snapping off bits in shallow formations called caprock," the Times reports.

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  • When they finally found the trail, they realized that, after following the edge of the caprock, it went back over the bluff and down into the canyon.

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  • Quanah and his party headed westward across the rolling plains, climbed the caprock, and crossed the dead-flat grasslands of the high plains under the scorching summer sun.

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  • They headed southwest from Fort Sill, crossed the Red River and traveled along the eastern edge of the caprock.

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  • The highest of the bluffs, on the west side of the canyon, were part of a massive geological formation in west Texas called the “caprock,” essentially a long seam of rock that underlies the Llano Estacado and becomes an outcropping just at the point where the high plains give way to the lower, rolling plains.

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  • The final campaign took the form of five mounted columns designed to converge on the rivers and streams east of the caprock.

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  • The five columns stayed in the field for four to five months, crossing and recrossing the various forks of the Red, climbing and descending the caprock, marching and countermarching and following a maddeningly desultory set of trails left by many independent bands of Indians.

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  • In the general vicinity of present-day Amarillo, the dead-flat Llano Estacado gave way to the rocky buttes and muscular upheavals of the caprock, where the elevation fell as much as a thousand feet.

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  • They had also stayed well south of the other concentrations of Indians in the panhandle, spending most of their time camped southeast of present-day Lubbock, near the towns of Gail and Snyder, just on the eastern side of the caprock.

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