Monday, July 22, 2013

A waterfall of rootbeer?

Today, a stop at Kakabeka falls for the Brooks family. 

Just west of Thuder Bay on the Kaministiquia River, the falls have a drop of 40 m, cascading into a gorge carved out of the Precambrian Shield by meltwater following the last glacial maximum.  The rock face of the falls and the escarpments along the gorge are composed primarily of unstable shale, and are eroding. These rocks host sensitive flora, and contain some of the oldest fossils in existence, some 1.6 billion years of age.

No climbing down into the gorge to find fossils!!!  Due to falling rocks, it is too dangerous.

And while the falls looks like they are a mix of rootbeer and orange pop, they taste just like water.

1 comment:

  1. I love root beer floats. And I like the description of the PreCambrian Shield. Other rock lovers have been here for a week, people who like to sell rocks at Mystic Fairs, who say that rocks have to be described to people according to their belief systems.

    Some will think those rocks are millions of years old. Other will think that they can be no older than 7,000 years old. Whichever is the case, neither belief can stop me from being a rock lover -- and collector.

    Thanks for the great virtual visit.

    I can hardly wait to hear about the next leg of your visit.