Full Screen Plate Tectonics
= Natural History = Best viewed Large =
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.