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Orkney Lookout
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Orkney Lookout looking southeast

Orkney Lookout looking southeast
Orkney Lookout: the Red Deer River cuts through the badlands of southeastern Alberta.

First, let me express our heart-felt gratitude to our wonderful friends Ben and Larry, who very kindly took the time to show us Alberta's unique landscapes and unusual scenery. We certainly could not have visited these places on public transit!

Alberta has very varied landscapes: west of Calgary is the famous Rockies mountain range, yet drive east from Calgary you will soon reach miles and miles of great plains known as the Prairies in Canada, but intercepted by steep canyons known as badlands in southern Alberta.

Badlands are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. They often have a spectacular, layered colour appearance that may alternate from a dark black to a bluish-grey hue and sometimes a reddish brick (terracotta) sort of colour.

Badlands were formed over millions of years through deposition (accumulation) of layers of mineral, organic, volcanic or clay material under seas, rivers, or tropical zones. These deposits over time solidified into rock, forming distinct layers of sediments. Due to the earth's tectonic plates movement, climate change, and other environmental changes, these sedimentary rock become exposed to air and subject to erosion by wind or water, creating steep slopes and canyons.

This part of badlands near Drumheller is actually world-renowned for dinosaur and other fossil discoveries during the past century.

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 Keith Burton
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A vast landscape! Great use of the river's leading lines in the composition of this one Swire.
2 years ago.
Canadian Pacific club has replied to Keith Burton club
Thank you Keith : ) Yeah I always find Canada's vast landmass overwhelming to be honest!
2 years ago.

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