Saturday, January 15, 2011

New Rockfall on the Cliff?

Driving out to Kimberly, the village in the bottom of the valley a few weeks ago, I looked up at the cliff, and there seemed to be a new rocky scar where none existed before.

I've looked more closely now, and it appears to be a large new rockfall on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment cliff. The picture clearly shows the older cliff outcrops, weathered to a dirty grey, on the right, and a new lighter coloured rock scar on the left.

A close look at this clearly shows it is a place where part of the cliff has collapsed. There are vertical crevice caves along this area, and I've heard stories locally of youngsters going to explore the caves along here in the past. This is something I'll need to investigate when spring comes! A good excuse to get out exploring.

Meanwhile, it's been snowing like mad all day today. An 'Alberta clipper' as the meteorologists call it, passed through, leaving about 8 inches of fresh powder snow. You could see the storm had passed on the radar, so I went out and blew out the driveway. But then the lake effect snow started, emerging out of nowhere on the radar, and continuing. We are a very long way past the forecast of 2-5 cm.!

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