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The Drumheller Badlands | Alberta, Canada

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Canada
51° 26' 46.0932" N, 112° 42' 11.6892" W
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The Drumheller Badlands

The Drumheller Badlands - Photo: Warren Long

Drumheller is a town within the Red Deer River valley in the badlands of east-central Alberta, Canada. It is located 68 mi (110 km) northeast of Calgary. The Drumheller portion of the Red Deer River valley, often referred to as Dinosaur Valley, has an approximate width of 1.2 mi (2 km) and an approximate length of 17 mi (28 km).

South of the traffic bridge over the Red Deer river on Highway 9 is the World's Largest Dinosaur, a 86 ft (26.2 m) high fiberglass Tyrannosaurus rex that can be entered for a view of the Badlands, including the adjacent 75 ft (23 m) water fountain, again one of the largest in Canada.

Badlands are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. They are characterized by steep slopes, minimal vegetation, lack of a substantial regolith, and high drainage density. They can resemble malpaís, a terrain of volcanic rock. Canyons, ravines, gullies, hoodoos and other such geological forms are common in badlands. They are often difficult to navigate by foot. Badlands often have a spectacular color display that alternates from dark black/blue coal stria to bright clays to red scoria.

More infos: Wikipedia

The Drumheller Badlands

The Drumheller Badlands - Photo: Mack Male

The Drumheller Badlands

The Drumheller Badlands - Photo: Eric Titcombe

The Drumheller Badlands

The Drumheller Badlands - Photo: Antony Stanley

The Drumheller Badlands

The Drumheller Badlands - Photo: John Johnston

SUBMITTED ON 08.15.2014.