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Alberta Plains

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East of the Canadian Rockies begins the great North America plain, previously covered by prairie and roamed by millions of buffalo, but now developped as an agricultural heartland.

About two hours east of Calgary, the gently rolling prairie grasslands suddenly drop off, plunging the visitor into a whole other world of hoodoos, pinnacles, coulees and buttes. In Dinosaur Provincial Park, amongst the beautiful scenery of Canada's only large badlands area, lie some of the most important fossil discoveries ever made, in particular about 35 species of dinosaur, dating back some 75 million years. Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, near Fort Macleod, bear witness to a prehistoric custom practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6000 years. They killed bison by chasing them over a long, but surprisingly short cliff. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Caprock, early morning, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Butte with mudstone and eroded clay, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Hills and badlands, morning, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Patterns of mudstone erosion, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Eroded mud and caprock, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Rock with lichen lying in grass, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Dinosaur fossils, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Red wooden grain elevator building. Alberta, Canada ( color) Agricultural buildings. Alberta, Canada ( color) Wood grain storage buildings. Alberta, Canada ( color) Grain elevator building. Alberta, Canada ( color) Grain storage facility. Alberta, Canada ( color) Tall prairie grasses blown by wind and cliff, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) Prairie Grass. Alberta, Canada ( color) Plain seen from the top of the cliff, late afternoon, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) Indian Teepees,  Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) Stack of buffalo skulls, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) Eroded mudstone, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Badlands detail, with eroded clay and gravel, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Badlands and hills, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Hikers amongst badlands, morning, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Eroded badlands, morning, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Erosion patters in mud, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Coulee badlands with clay erosion patters, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Campground amongst badlands, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Mudstone with popcorn rock containing smectites, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Alveoles in rock, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Detail of lichen on rock, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Caprock rocks and badlands, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Capstone chimneys and popcorn mudstone, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Dinosaur bones, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Dinosaur fossil excavation site, Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta, Canada ( color) Tall prairie grasses with cliff in the distance,  Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) Prairie Grasses. Alberta, Canada ( color) Cliffs, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) Cliff walls, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) Interpretative trail and center at the top of the cliff, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) Prairie and teepees from the top of the cliff, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) Prairie and foothills seen from the top of the cliff,  Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) Buffalo skulls, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) Interpretative center exhibit, Head-smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) Teepee tents,  Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) First nations man giving a lecture to students, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) Teepees and tall grass prairie, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color) Teepee tents and prairie, late afternoon, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Alberta, Canada ( color)
All the 45 color pictures of Alberta Plains are on this page

Themes: Dinosaur Provincial Park, Grassland Alberta, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump 

Places: Alberta