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Scenic Sunday, Shadow Shot Sunday - Cheltenham Badlands

Posted by Lorac Saturday, 9 April 2011

The Cheltenham Badlands are a bizarre geographical spectacle. This area consists of bare, windswept red hills and gullies that are very similar to that of the Alberta badlands. What makes them so bizarre is that they are found in Ontario.The reddish hue of the Queenston Shale in the Cheltenham Badlands is caused by iron oxide, while narrow greenish bands show where groundwater has transformed the rock from red to green iron oxide. The cause of this phenomenon was poor farming practices in the 1930’s which caused overgrazing of this land and the resultant exposure of the Queenston shale that supports little or no vegetation. 






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20 comments

  1. Ha - mad landscape indeed. And I can't believe it was caused by humans - looks like one of those weird moonscapes out our way, definitely.

     
  2. bonifer Says:
  3. Neat, Lorac!! I have never heard of this area, looks like a great spot to visit...thanks for showing!

     
  4. How sad, even if the result is beautiful. That is what our geologist friend would call naked geology. It looks much like some of the deserts in Southern California. - Margy

     
  5. Lesley Says:
  6. This is such a beautiful, rugged area that I must visit one day!
    It does look very dry.

     
  7. Sandra Says:
  8. Manmade destruction. I can break your heart.

     
  9. J Bar Says:
  10. Amazing.
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  11. Andy Says:
  12. Thanks to you I have learned something new about my home province. Consider this as another item for my bucket list.

     
  13. EG Wow Says:
  14. OH my goodness! I know nothing about these badlands. Now I want to check them out!

    I'm late this week (EW!) so thought I'd better send you my link:
    http://moreofme24.blogspot.com/2011/04/stained-glassshadow-shot-sunday.html

     
  15. Lyn Says:
  16. I am embarrassed to admit I have heard about this phenomenon but never seen it for myself, even though it is not too far from my home town. Thanks for sharing.

     
  17. Joan Says:
  18. Wow, very interesting. I would love to see this.

     
  19. Gypsi Says:
  20. They are bizarre! I'm so glad I got to see your photos--I've never seen anything like it!

    My Scenic Sunday is here:
    http://ghp-theplog.blogspot.com/2011/04/cades-cove.html

     
  21. Happyone : ) Says:
  22. Looks like another world. Really cool. It looks like it would be hard to walk on.

     
  23. I didn't realise that there were barren places other than in the desert Southwest!


    WELCOME THE SHADOWS

    Welcome the shadows surrounding your life,
    Treat them as lover or husband or wife;
    Welcome them in as you would one who’s dear;
    Hug them, embrace them without any fear;
    Honor, respect them, and give them their due,
    For shadow and light are both parts of you.


    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Deep Shadows Beckon

     
  24. Gorgeous landscapes - even if they are desolate! I've lived in Ontario moost of my life and I have never been there! Where exactly is this place??

     
  25. Weird and wonderful.

     
  26. Judy Says:
  27. Wow! I have never heard of them before! I will have to check them out, if they are close enough for me to get to...
    Terrible agriculture, but it sure looks like great photography!

     
  28. karen Says:
  29. Really interesting, great photos - and how tragic that human activity can cause something like this. Hopefully a good lesson was learnt out of it.. if only Africa would take note!

     
  30. Jenn Jilks Says:
  31. Amazing shots! Well done. I never knew...

     
  32. Martha Z Says:
  33. This reminds me of the badlands of the Painted Desert which we recently visited. The badlands of the southwest US weren't caused by poor farming practices, though, put a product of natural climate change.
    Yours is a cautionary tale, we need to be stewards of the land and respect what nature can do if we don't show it respect.

     
  34. CSE-LAB Says:
  35. I don't have any word to Say and I can't believe It's real World! How Awesome! We are so lucky That we are human being and We have sense to enjoy world's beauty. Thank you so much for sharing.
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