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Unmissable Attraction in the Jasper Area – Maligne Canyon

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Adventure | Comments Off on Unmissable Attraction in the Jasper Area – Maligne Canyon

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canada Rocky Mountain area. As part of the World Heritage site, its environment is well preserved with protected eco systems. What you get to see is its most natural view, with beautiful, spectacular and rugged mountainous scene.
Lower Maligne Canyon, Jasper National Park, Alberta, CanadaThere are so many places of interest to visit within the Jasper National Park that you probably need at least a month to visit each of them.

Maligne_Canyon_1Maligne Canyon is a natural feature located in the Jasper National Park near Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Eroded out of the Palliser Formation, the canyon measures over 50 metres (160 ft) deep. Popular for sightseeing and exploration, the area contains waterfalls, stream outlets, birds and plant life.

Maligne_Canyon_2The Maligne Canyon which is formed some eight thousands years ago. You will get to see how water from the Maligne Lake cuts through the limestone bed, forming layers of crack lines gap. The hiking trail has 6 bridges, each provides you a unique angle to look at the waterfall. The third bridge is the best photo-taking spot.

Maligne_Canyon_3In the greater Pacific Northwest, Maligne Canyon is seen as different and odd geologically but is common within the northern Rocky Mountains. These canyons show the characteristic of Karst topography and is common in this region due to its easily soluble nature.

Maligne_Canyon_4Flowing out of Medicine Lake, the Maligne River flows about 15 kilometers upstream as a full size river, but very quickly disappears into seeps in the ground and completely vanishes from the surface not far from the lake for most of the year. The smaller streams that feed the valley below that point rebuild the river by the time it reaches the top of the canyon.

Frozen waterfall, Icy blue, cold, Ice formations, Maligne River, Maligne Canyon, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, Winters icy grip, Winter BluesThe river drops down the canyon and intersects the bedrock layers where the underground river flow. Also at this point numerous large underground streams join and greatly amplify the flow. The canyon has been deteriorating since the churning and swirling of the water making.

IMG_0133-enhancedThe effect of this has made the width 2 metres (6.6 ft) across at some points and a depth of 50 metres (160 ft). Limestone is one of the most dominant minerals within the canyon. It has become deposited in a shallow tropical sea by plankton which secrete limestone.