Devoid of Vegetation
The other day I posted a shot that I took at the Cheltenham Badlands and I’ve had so many friends comment to me that they couldn’t believe this was located here in Ontario. Well I have a little confession to make….I’ve lived in Toronto for 20 years and this is the first time I’ve been there…I know I should get out more often.
The question came up as to how and why the Badlands were formed. Here’s what I found…“Badlands” is a geologic term for an area of soft rock devoid of vegetation and soil cover that has become molded into a rolling landscape of rounded hills and gullies. Such areas are rare in Ontario and this is one of the best examples. They exhibit the reddish hue of the Queenston Shale that forms them; the iron oxide in the shale produces this colour. The narrow greenish bands that can be seen throughout the shale are due to the change of red iron oxide to green iron oxide brought on by the circulating groundwater.” Their website said it better than I could. You can click here to get more information.
Here are a couple of more shots from The Badlands…