Thursday, August 19, 2010

Constantly Eroding


Constantly Eroding, originally uploaded by susanvg.

We went to Dinosaur Provincial Park in the evening on an organized tour. It's odd to approach it on grassy plains. The canyon lies below. Only a small part of the park can be viewed on your own. The bus took us into fascinating areas with sandstone canyons, buttes, mesas and coulees. The area was formed at the time of the dinosaurs, millions of years ago. Many dinosaur bones are found here.

Dinosaur Fossil


The sandstone has been sculpted by water, weather and time. Rills mark the hills which are striped from the time the sand deposits and mineral deposits were being pushed in and down by the formation of the mountains to the west. Streaks of iron-laden rock seem painted on.

More Badlands

Hoodoos are constantly changing, eroded by rain and wind. The capstones sit like umbrellas protecting what is underneath. Eventually the capstones fall off and then erosion happens quickly.

Hoodoos

It is extraordinary landscape - in places not much grows as the sand and dried mud cover much of the ground.

Ripples

It really looks like another world.

Natural Sculpture

4 comments:

  1. This is so very interesting. You're right, it's like another world. There is beauty in all forms of nature - the patterns, the sculptures, the landscape just makes you pause and reflect on the world and nature. You are taking wonderful shots and sharing so much - what a delight for us!

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  2. Definitely looks like a whole other world. Amazing pics!

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  3. Hi Susan, Definitely looks like similar terrain to some parts of western US. Close to us, there are dinosaur remains and fossilized footprints, etc plus the hoodoos and volcanic-looking rock. I find geology fascinating and wish I was more knowledgeable.

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  4. Amazing shots, Susan! Very well done!

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