Sunday, July 3, 2011

Horseshoe Canyon Lookout - 2011 Project 365 - Day 183 of 365

"Horseshoe Canyon Lookout"

Day 183 of 365

Thousands of years ago, glaciers advanced from the north. They flowed into and around Cypress Hills, leaving this plateau untouched. This is one of the few areas in Western Canada that escaped glaciation. As the glaciers melted, water carved steep sided valleys into the northern and western slopes.

Horseshoe Canyon, below, was formed long after the surrounding glaciers had left the land. Water soaking through the ground froze, expanded and thawed, forming ever widening cracks. A horseshoe shaped area weakened and slid into the valley.

Taken from the Horseshoe Canyon Lookout in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada.

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