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Sitting bold as brass out in the middle of the flat prairie are chunks of granite known as Okotoks Erratic or simply The Big Rock.
Click to enlargeThe Okotoks Erratic weighs 16,500 tons. It measures 9 metres high, 41 metres long and 18 metres wide. The rock has been eroded into pieces, but is still a large landmark on the flat prairie.
(For the geological explanation, visit the link above please.)
Click to enlargeThese are very old rocks and they are a very long way away from where they originated. I like the explanation offered by the Blackfoot Indians.
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This might be easier to read:
One hot summer day, Napi, the supernatural trickster of the Blackfoot peoples, rested on the rock because the day was warm and he was tired. He spread his robe on the rock, telling the rock to keep the robe in return for letting Napi rest there. Suddenly, the weather changed and Napi became cold as the wind whistled and the rain fell. Napi asked the rock to return his robe, but the rock refused. Napi got mad and just took the clothing. As he strolled away, he heard a loud noise and turning, he saw the rock was rolling after him. Napi ran for his life. The deer, the bison and the pronghorn were Napi's friends, and they tried to stop the rock by running in front of it. The rock rolled over them. Napi's last chance was to call on the bats for help. Fortunately, they did better than their hoofed neighbours, and by diving at the rock and colliding with it, one of them finally hit the rock just right and it broke into two pieces.
If you look really closely at this photo you can barely make out the rocky mountains in the background and you can tell just how flat the prairies really are. Unfortunately this was the only website I could find and they do not mention how far away the mountains are.
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These were taken a few years ago on a small 35mm point & shoot camera, so I apologize for the quality.
Have a good day all.
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