“Pic of the Week”, November 28, 2014: Hoodoos, Drumheller, Alberta

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The amazing patterns of erosion you find in Alberta’s badlands sometimes create unusual formations, especially these structures known as “hoodoos”.  The name “hoodoo” was based on the word “voodoo”, and was given to these formations by Europeans.  Each hoodoo is a totem-pole like sandstone pillar resting on a thick base of shale that is capped by a larger stone.  Hoodoos are created over millions of years by differential erosion, the hoodoo eroding at a rate which is slower than the surrounding land because its cap-rock is made of more durable material.  Native Indian tribes (eg. Blackfoot) believed the Hoodoos were petrified giants that could come alive at night.

This particular grouping of hoodoos is one of the most dramatic examples you’ll see …

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“Pic of the Week”. June 20, 2014: “Black Beauty”, Drumheller, Alberta

2014 25c June 21 T. Rex. Royal Tyrrell Museum

One of the most amazing Natural History museums I’ve ever visited is the Royal Tyrrell Museum in the small town of Drumheller, just over an hour’s drive northeast of Calgary.  The museum sits in the “Badlands” and it’s here in the hills around the museum (and throughout Alberta) that the world’s most extensive deposits of fossilized dinosaur bones are to be found.  I’ve got to write a full blog post on the museum and Alberta’s dinosaur country soon, but as a teaser I thought I’d share the Tyranossaus Rex exhibits at this museum with you today.

One of the highlights of the museum is “Black Beauty”, a rare nearly completely intact T  Rex skeleton, one of a few ever found in …

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