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The Smoking Hills of Canada

Post by Dragon on Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:10 am

The Smoking Hills are located on the east coast of Cape Bathurst in Canada's Northwest Territories, next to the Arctic Ocean and a small group of lakes.

The cliffs were named by explorer John Franklin, who was the first European to see them on his 1826 expeditions. They contain strata of hydrocarbons (oil shales), which have been burning continuously for centuries.

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Post by Dragon on Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:13 am


Credit Image: Ansgar Walk

Smoking Hills southeast of Cape Bathurst, NT.

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Post by Dragon on Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:14 am



Low flight over the Smoking Hills in the Canadian Arctic (between Kugluktuk and Inuvik).

There are seams of lignite under the tundra that spontaneously ignited many hundreds of years ago upon exposure to air, and have been burning continuously since.

The hills, a few hundred feet tall and located on the coast of the Arctic Ocean, smoke like volcanos, and in some cases so much coal has burned that the overlying rock has collapsed on itself.

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