Monday, July 28, 2014

Arctic Badlands

The Canadian Arctic has many faces.  One of the rivers that we fly along to get to work has a short section of eroding sandstone, creating a few hundred metres of eroding cliffs and boulders that reminds me a lot of the badlands that I grew up around in southern Alberta.

Can you spot the arctic hare?

This run off channel has slowed to a trickle, but for a few weeks in the spring it'll roar with snow melt.

I don't honestly know if calling this a rock is correct, or if its just highly compacted sediments.  There doesn't seem to be much holding the sand and gravel together.  The features are very fragile.

Photo Credits: Tim Rast

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