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Medicine Lake, Alberta

Jann Ashworth

North Saanich, Canada

Artist's Description

Medicine Lake is about 30 minutes (27 km) from the town of Jasper on the road to Lake Maligne, in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. Though not nearly as famous as Maligne, Medicine Lake does have beauty as well as a mystery. The Maligne River flows in, but where does it flow out?
In fact, it’s not really a lake at all, but a section of the river which backs up and fills from the runoff of snow from the Rocky Mountains,and high water in the river during the spring and summer.As the influx of water becomes less and less, the “lake” drains out via a huge underground drainage system, gradually lowering the water level until by late summer and early autumn it’s much smaller.As this photo shows, the shoreline extends quite far out at that time. Research has proven that this underground drainage system is one of the largest in the world. The term “medicine” reflects the view held by the aboriginal
people that it held magical powers, as it apparently simply disappeared over the seasons.
Sept. 2009
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