Rock Formation at Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis, Québec

March 09, 2018


Photographer: Manon Boily 
Summary Authors: Manon Boily; Jim Foster

I'm always amazed by the exposed rock formations on some of the cliffs along the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, on the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. This region is essentially an extension of the Northern Appalachian Mountains. The rock here is chiefly Paleozoic shale and fractured limestone that's been severely stressed, as attested by the distorted strata at right. Note that the shrubs and stunted trees atop the cliff are perhaps 10 ft (3 m) in height. Photo taken on August 15, 2017.