"Beautiful rockies" Province of Alberta by kokoryko
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Some landscapes from the Rocky mountains.
The Alberta and British Columbia Rockies are really spectacular mountains, with very wide valleys enabling broad views over a big pat of the chain; in other mountains where valleys are narrow, you cannot see so wide sceneries or landscapes, except you climb on the highest peaks. I will not bother you with Natural Sciences , just tell you that these mountains are a world-class example of thin-skinned tectonics, where the thrust sheets involve "thin" sedimentary layers overrinding younger sedimentary formations. The tectonic features, here, are the consequences of continental drift (Plate tectonics is a more accurate wording), the sedimentary layers being folded (and thrusted) as a consequence of shortening, due to the collision of microcontinental blocks , carried by a subducting paleo-Pacific plate , with the North American plate. I stop with geology, just look at the rocks, the landscapes, they tell stories, beautiful stories, and if you are not interested in the stories, just look, dream, fill your eyes and your heart with the sceneries.
This mountain was build up from End Jurassic (150 Million Years) to Mid-Tertiary ( 30million years) , and it's foreland and foothills contain big oil and gas reserves which made Calgary the Canadian oil city. The beautiful landscapes have mostly been carved by the recent (500.000 to 30.000 years) glaciers erosion and the rivers.
If you are a driver , leave your vehicle and walk a bit on the trails marked on the roadside: enjoy!
No strenuous hikes generally, few walks to enjoy the sceneries are a good thing, and in the car, on some roads you may even make nice encounters!
I loved a lot the names of the localities and mountains, they are strange but there is always a meaning; imagine what people endured when they decided to call this place Hailstone butte.. . . . .
Other names are among a lot :
Crowsnest pass and crowsnest mountain
Old man river
etc. etc. In Europe we are not used to so explicit names, or they have changed and been altered with time, we do not know what they designate.
- Pros:Wide breathtaking
- Cons:nothing against
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