Cheltenham Badlands - Sept.
This is a very unique geographical land formation for Ontario, Canada.
Near the villages of
Inglewood and Cheltenham in the Caledon Hills area (map at bottom of
The word Badlands refers to an area
of soft rock with no soil or
that has become molded into a rolling
landscape of rounded hills and gullies.
This wonderful creation started to form in the 1930's, after the land
over used for farming.
Cattle stripped the protective layer of vegetation, exposing the
Queenston shale. It is fairly soft
and clay like,
allowing for easy erosion, creating the present day site.
This photo of me, shows the size of
the rolling hills. Good hiking shoes are best,
as there is some climbing involved.
colour is from the iron oxide
in the shale. The greenish grey
seen throughout the shale are due to the change of
red iron oxide (iron III)
to green iron oxide (iron II) brought on by
the circulating groundwater.
Note: Received this important
"You have some
really nice photos on your page. And you got
all of your facts about the Badlands right. Just
one problem – you forgot about the sign at the top of the hill, in the
viewing area, that tells everyone to stay out of the Badlands.
You obviously crawled all over the ridges and gulleys, precisely the
that we are trying to discourage. Too many people doing that are causing
rapid deterioration of the Badlands. Because
of this, it may become necessary
for us to put fencing around the entire site."
Dave Moule, Director of Land Stewardship, Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club
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