Cheltenham Badlands, Caledon, Ontario
Welcome to the Red Planet!
Okay, truth be told, this is not Mars but a geological phenomenon here in Ontario. These badlands - an area of soft rock that forms rounded hills and gullies where no vegetation grows - was formed more than 450 million years ago. Erosion caused by poor farming practices uncovered the rock about a century ago.
Queenston shale, once the edge of an ancient sea floor
Queenston shale is a soft iron-rich rock - iron oxide creating the reddish colour. The greenish grey is also iron oxide but circulating ground water has changed the red to green.
Overview of the eroded area
Wind and rain continue to erode the shale but signs on the property urge visitors to not dig or slide down the dunes.
And look! Other photographers were there too!
The badlands is part of the Ontario's Niagara Escarpment's designation as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
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