Rising 600 feet above the western shore of the Hudson River, just north of New York City, are the majestic rock cliffs called the Palisades. Formed about 200 million years ago, these nearly vertical columns of rock stretch for 30 miles. The Palisades owe their name to Verrazano and his fellow explorers, who thought the cliffs resembled a “fence of stakes” when they came across them in 1524.
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