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Nahanni River | Northwest Territories, Canada

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Canada
61° 24' 39.7836" N, 124° 56' 9.0132" W
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Nahanni River

Nahanni River - Photo: Timothy K

Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Dehcho Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. The centrepiece of the park is the South Nahanni River. Four noteworthy canyons reaching 3300 ft (1000 m) in depth, called First, Second, Third and Fourth Canyon, line this spectacular whitewater river. The name Nahanni comes from the indigenous Dene language name for the area; Nahʔa Dehé, which means "river of the land of the Nahʔa people".

There are four main canyons that line the south Nahanni river, named by prospectors, numbering them as they travelled up the river. The fourth canyon begins with Virginia Falls, and was created as the falls eroded the limestone surrounding the river, working its way upstream. It is five miles long. Third canyon runs through Funeral Range, around 25 mi (40 km) long. Because its walls are composed of a stratum of shale, sandstones and limestone this canyon has long slopes instead of steep, flat walls like the lower canyons.

Big bend, a point where the river does a 45 degree turn, marks the end of Third and the beginning of Second Canyon. At 9.3 mi (15 km) long, it runs through the Headless Range. The final canyon is considered the most beautiful. Beginning after Deadman Valley, First Canyon boasts the highest, most vertical walls, cutting through very resistant limestone. It ends near Kraus Hotsprings, making it about 18.7 mi (30 km) long. Following this, the river slows and braids into different channels, passing through the Park boundary, and coming together again near the village of Nahanni Butte. Soon after the town, the South Nahanni River joins the Liard river.

More infos: Wikipedia

Nahanni River

Nahanni River - Photo: ROSBY

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Nahanni River - Virginia Falls - Photo: JRABeck

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Nahanni River - Pulpit Rock - Photo: Gierszep

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Nahanni River - Photo: gshollings@rogers.com

SUBMITTED ON 04.04.2014.