Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Gros Morne National Park

As we continued ever north to make our scheduled ferry trip to Labrador, we stopped briefly in Gros Morne National park.  This massive park is best known for its geological history. The Long Range mountains were formed over a billion years ago.  What makes this area unique is the  strange rock formations that were formed by the pressure of the plate tectonics.  In fact, it was here that geologists were able to prove the plate tectonics theory.  The tablelands mountain is a striking example of this with its flat top material having come from deep inside the earth. 

First  we visited Lobster Cove Head Light, where one family lived in the lighthouse and tended it for over a 100 years.  The lighthouse itself was undergoing a refit, but the guide brought the place to life for us.  The scenic views of the surrounding area alone made the visit worthwhile.

Then a quick stop in the town of Rocky Harbor for lunch.

Finally, we  took a boat ride to observe these tectonic  plates and the long history they represent. Millions of years ago, many of these plates were pushed to the surface in a nearly vertical position. Those who study these plates have learned a great deal about the history of the  earth in this park.   We were also able to enjoy the scenic beauty of the park and surrounding villages from the water.


Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

I can't image a billion years ago. Awesome photo of the waves crashing in.

Those rock formations are gorgeous. WOW. I love seeing those little fishing towns. The colors of the houses are always so festive.

John Hedges said...

Great pictures Chuck, thanks.

Sherry said...

What really wonderful pictures. I didn't know the tectonic plates discovery was at Gros Morne. Another spot we had intended to go to this summer. Your photographs of the darling houses and the beautiful lighthouse make me so sad we weren't able to see this in person but at least we can see it through your experience. Many thanks.

Linda said...

Gorgeous photos, what a beautiful place!