Covering a broad swathe of southern and eastern Alberta, the Canadian Badlands are a unique place to explore. Eons of compressed sea deposits have been carved by glaciation and subsequent erosion into a striking landscape of strangely sculpted formations and rolling prairies bisected by coulees (deep gulches or ravines with sloping sides) and deep river valleys. This image was taken in the Badlands at Dinosaur Provincial Park. The area is well known for being one of the greatest dinosaur fossil beds in the world. Thirty-nine dinosaur species have been discovered at the park and more than 500 specimens have been removed and exhibited in museums around the world. Its significance justified it becoming a World Heritage Site in 1979. I didn't come across any dinosaurs or their bones but I did find some beauty in the eroded shapes and the cloud formations.
September 15th, 2010
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