In Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, some of the most beautiful places to see are Maligne Lake, Maligne Canyon, and Medicine Lake. They’re quite close together so can visited in a day from the town of Jasper. The Maligne Canyon contains waterfalls, potholes, underground stream outlets, bird nests and amazing lush plant life.Though only about 2 metres across in some places, the churning waters of the Maligne River have worn the canyon to a depth of more than 50 metres.
The canyon is carved into a layer of limestone deposited in a shallow tropical sea about 365-million years ago.The layers of stone can be clearly seen in the canyon walls. Parts of the canyon may have been deep caves, since uncovered by glacial scraping and water erosion.
The narrow and deep walls make photography a bit of a challenge, but the many lovely colours and rock formations make the effort well worthwhile.
Jasper Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sept. 4, 2009,
Sony DSCF828 camera.
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