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The personality of the river quickly changed from swampy areas with steep muddy banks to deep green forests punctuated with beautiful singing sandbars. From towering cliffs of sandstone and limestone to breathtaking carved and colorful claybanks that run on both sides of the river uninterrupted for a quarter of a mile with hanging bracken ferns dripping cool groundwater in sparkling streams into the river.
The Chickasawhay River is also known for cutting through some fascinating cliffs that reveal an abundance of marine fossils of the Tertiary period. A wide variety of mollusks and snails thrived in this area when it was the ocean floor of the Mississippi Embayment approximately 35 million years ago. By careful hunting along the face of these cliffs and exposed banks, you can find the remains of these original inhabitants and begin to get an idea of how much this area of east-central Mississippi has changed through the millennia.
Asa and I took out at a public launch near the small town of DeSoto and headed back to civilization with a feeling as if we had gone back in time for a few days.
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