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Fremont Canyon, Wyoming, USA
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Situated between the Pathfinder and Alcova reservoirs, Fremont Canyon is a tall narrow gorge cut by the North Platte River through pre-Cambrian basement rock (i.e. very old!) and "younger" sandstones from the Mississippian through Triassic periods.  In other words, it's a very pretty gorge cut through some cool rock.  Both dams were built in the early 20th century to control flooding downstream in Casper, Wyoming.

The Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge is nearby on the reservoir and is home to antelope (pronghorn sheep) herds and migratory birds, including the white pelicans seen flying overhead in the picture.

In 1842, General John Charles Fremont explored the canyon, attempting but failing to navigate its length by boat.  Today, rock climbers scale its 200-500 foot walls high above the kayakers below.

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Uploaded: 15/09/2011
Updated: 10/06/2014
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Tags: river gorge; outdoors; geology; nature; public lands; history; river; wildlife; cliffs
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