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Eye candy: Ontario's Cheltenham Badlands


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    Cheryl Santa Maria
    Digital Reporter

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 7:36 PM -

    At first glance this image could be mistaken for something beamed back to Earth by the Mars Curiosity Rover.

    But, in reality, the Cheltenham badlands are located about 45 minutes outside of Toronto.

    This formation is the result of environmentally unfriendly farming practices that took places in the 1930s, causing the soil to erode and expose the shale rock underneath.


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    Iron oxide deposits are what give the land its reddish hue. Green streaks can be contributed to an interaction with ground water, turning the red iron oxide green.

    This area was acquired by the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 2000 and is currently managed by the Bruce Trail Association.







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