Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kellys Island - transition to mountaineering

Almost around Kellys Island we stopped on Easton's Beach to have a look around.  The hill above the beach is 50 meter high and still had a bit of snow on it from the previous Wednesday's snow storm.  We managed to find the fixed ropes the sherpas *lol* had fixed for our ascent.  We didn't have ascenders (tongue in cheek) for the rope so we ascended hand over hand until ...

... we were on the plateau to the summit.

From above our kayaks on the beach looked like ants had paddled them here.

We had a fine view.

A mountain is not climbed successfully unless you get down.  You can't make this stuff up!

Back in our kayaks we continued along the sharply defined sedimentary rocks of the Bell Island Group.  At this point Cathy asked about the obvious difference in the colour of the rocks.  I thought they (the lighter grey) were turbidites, sediments that were unconsolidated on the continental shelf before being sent by an earthquake into the abysmal depths in a turbidity current to settle out of the muddy cloud.  The darker shales possibly were deposited between episodes.

Then I recalled the Bell Island Group rocks on Bell Island contain worm castings and trilobite tracks which only form in shallower waters.  In any case, the darker shales indicate deposition in deeper waters.  One thing we do know is that these rocks formed between 488 and 444 million years ago when this was still part of super continent of Gondwana (today's Africa, South America, Antarctica, Australia, and the peninsula of India) and was appended to Laurentia (North America) about 425 million years ago.

Soon we were near where we reached landfall on the island.  From there we decided to paddle to Little Bell Island where we would have lunch before heading back to Long Pond.

1 comment:

  1. Love these pix Tony! It was really cool getting up to the top of the island for a while :) can't wait to camp there :)