New Hoodoo

October 09, 2005


Provided and copyright by: Paul Williams, Red Deer College
Summary authors & editors: Paul Williams

The photo above, snapped on a field trip with the Red Deer Rock and Gem Society, shows the early stage of the formation of a hoodoo in a typical badlands topography. It was taken on May 28, 2005 in Big Knife Provincial Park, along the Battle River in central Alberta, Canada. This area contains abundant layers of coal along with a variety of sandstone formations. As shown above, the harder layer of sandstone will form a cap-rock and protect the softer layers below from being eroded during rain storms and snow melt events. See also the Earth Science Picture of the Day for 09-02-2003, showing a mature hoodoo. See also tomorrow's Earth Science Picture of the Day.

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