Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Hopewell Rocks

The Hopewell Rocks
(located @ Hopewell Cape,
Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada)

Low Tide at Hopewell Rocks

The reddish cliffs at the Hopewell Rocks were first formed millions of years ago as a massive mountain range - older than the Appalachians and larger than the Canadian Rockies - slowly eroded. Mud, pebbles and rock washed down the mountains into the valley.

Over time, these deep layers of sediment compressed into solid rock, forming the basis for "The Hopewell Rocks" and are often referred to as "The Flowerpot Formations".

This area was once a dry rift valley, but after the Ice Age, the valley filled with water, creating the Bay of Fundy. At the Hopewell Rocks, sea levels rise, on the average, between 32 and 46 feet (10 and 14 metres). This is the average height of a four story apartment building.

High Tide At Hopewell Rocks

You can literally watch the Bay of Fundy tide rise at a rate of between 4 and 6 feet (1.5 to 2 metres) per hour, as 100 billion tonnes of water flows into the bay twice daily.

The Hopewell Rocks are just the beginning of a world of natural wonders in New Brunswick.....a place where rivers stretch from breathtaking to beautiful; where you will be fascinated by the fragile beauty of the coastline; or perhaps inspired atop the lookouts and vistas of the endless hiking trails. In New Brunswick and The Bay of Fundy, you will be awed by its untouched wonder and vastness.


Gail said...

Wow!!!! I would be in my element there. You know how I love rocks.