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Full Screen Plate Tectonics

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After cutting straight across and right through this mighty thrust-faulted landform, the North Nahanni River turns 90 degrees and follows the aptly named Battlement Range. A thick section of limestone has been pushed up into the sky along with a veneer of 'skid-greasing' shale now draped like black curtains on the cliffs and scree slopes.


A mid-river encounter with a swimming lynx will soon take place. Watercraft is a 16 ft Coleman freighter canoe. The muddy river is often shallow enough to tap bottom with my paddle so I cannot make use of my small kicker until I reach the Mackenzie River.


Zoom into flickr's dot on the map for this photo to see the braided channels of the North Nahanni River, Mackenzie Mountains, Northwest Territories, Canada.

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Taken in August 2000