Samstag, 16. August 2008
Day 8 - Rocky Harbour - Port-aux-Basques (New Foundland)
Distance: ~ 250 km
Todoay we visited the Tablelands and already the drive to get there was very scenic.
This picture shows Bonny Bay (foreground) and the Tablelands (background).
More pictures of Bonny Bay
Picture of Gros Morne mountain which gave the National Park its name. Initially we planned to hike Gros Morne to get a breath-taking view of the park, but had to change our plans due to uncertain weather conditions.
The Tablelands are very distinct from all other parts of Gros Morne National Park. They can be characterized as a are a barren dessert which due to their low amount of calcium, high amount of magnesium and their toxic amount of heavy metals (i.e., nickel) is very hostile to most of life. The Tablelands themselves originate from the Earth's mantle and were created several hundred million years ago as a result of plate collissions.
You can see dwarfted flowers and dwarfted trees (Krummholz) in the Tablelands. The trees there are with almost 300 years much older than the ones in all the rest of the park.
Werner chasing for good pictures of the Krummholz.
The tablelands are not as dry as they might appear to you and you can see pitcher plants and sun dews almost everywhere along the trail.
A very nice Inkushuk
After a marvellous hike in the Tablelands we visited the Discovery Center on the south side of Bonny Bay. The exhibits very still pretty much the same as at our last visit in 2004 and we therefore went through them quite quickly. However, there was a particular exhibit which drew our attention as it explains the typical work of different researchers like geologists, botanists, archeologists, marine biologists etc. Below you can see a very neat picture of a botanist at work. Those of you who know the botanist in my family probably will agree that this picture is really typical.