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Meat Cove, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

These cliffs are likely composed of some of the oldest rock in Nova Scotia.  This area of Cape Breton island is known as the Blair River inlier.  It's like the bricks of an old house being reused to build another, a bit of old house in the wall of the new.  The inlier, up to 1.2 billion years old, is wedged into the younger, but still old rocks of the Appalachian mountain chain.  It's thought that these rocks might be the same as the basement rocks in Canada and greater North America, the foundation upon which everything else sits.

Meat Cove Brook empties into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, having carved itself a canyon on its passage down from the Cape Breton Plateau (what's left of the Appalachia here).  This is the northernmost settlement in Nova Scotia and surprisingly accessible for such a place of wild beauty.

Copyright: John Roberts
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 18956x9478
Taken: 08/07/2013
Uploaded: 21/07/2013
Updated: 06/04/2015


Tags: beach; outdoors; people; geology; coast; ocean
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