Earth Has Strange Landscapes

We, in Canada, are all thinking of the tragic fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta. I have never been there but I was in Wood Buffalo National Park, located a few hundred kilometers directly north of Fort McMurray. I wanted to share a strange part of this wonderful earth we live on. I thought I had stepped onto another planet.

Wood-Buffalo-National-Park-Grosbeak-Lake

Rocks left from the Ice-Age

I was in Wood Buffalo National Park, when I saw the most striking and eerily strange landscapes on earth. They call it Grosbeak Lake but most of the water is gone. The salt flats are what remain of the huge inland sea that once covered much of northern Canada.

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Salt deposits

The lake is covered with corroded rocks and boulders which were carried from the Precambrian Shield in the last Ice Age. Over time, the salt, frost and wind have weathered the rocks into wonderful shapes. In some places, it appears that a huge boulder has dissolved leaving a ring of pebbles.

 

Wood Buffalo National Park, is located in Northeastern Alberta and  Southern North West Territories.  It is Canada’s largest national park and one of the largest in the world. Established in 1922 to protect the free-roaming bison herds of the area, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

The area is know for its Karst topography, which is characterized by underground drainage systems with sinkholes and caves.

Wood-Buffalo-National-Park-sink-hole

Sinkhole formed when the limestone, gypsum and dolomite dissolved

There are lots of hiking trails in the park and it is well worth the visit. They even have a large herd of wood buffalo as well as one of the last natural breeding grounds for the whooping Crane. It is a very strange place on this Earth

Wood-Buffalo

Wood Buffalo

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22 thoughts on “Earth Has Strange Landscapes

    • Yes, it is fascinating and you should travel around if you can… Canada is such a varied and vast land. I have been to all provinces and of the territories… just have to get to Nunavut.

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  1. Beautiful photos! Wood Buffalo National Park is such a strangely unique place.I went there years ago. However, after seeing these pictures, I may need to make another trip.

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        • Yes, we have relatives in Inuvik on the Mckenzie River. It was wonderfully hot and sunny… And we enjoyed watching the sun set… At 1 am.. The dusk last all night.. But in the winter, it’s too cold and dark for me. (Although it’s on my bucket list to experience the northern lights from above the arctic circle.

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          • I hadn’t heard of Inuvik, so I just looked it up on Google maps, I hadn’t realised people lived that far north in Canada. Experiencing perpetual daylight must be brilliant, but like you, I’m not sure that I could cope with there winters! Or the lack of hills! It looked so flat ……………. and I thought Cornwall had a lack of proper trees! Lol! 🙂
            I might be a little bit too curious, but why are there settlements that far north? I love being in the countryside, away from the hustle and bustle of our towns and cities, but living in somewhere like Inuvik would be way too quiet for me! Lol! 🙂

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          • The town is small, and was literally built from scratch in the 50’s. It is built on permafrost, so every building is on piles. Quite a sight. Oil and gas industry and the military are there as well as natives. My family are all connected with the small college there. There is a lot of research based there too.

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          • I thought it looked a fairly recently built place, Maggie, and had wondered about whether oil & gas might be a reason for its location. I imagine the research that goes on up there would be really fascinating. It must be a really close knit community, working at the college would be great because you would know everyone 🙂

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