Where on Earth? - June 2013

Clues for June 2013:
1. The dark red sandstone and conglomerate that make up the rock at this site are the lithified remains of an ancient mountain range that formed during the Caledonian Orogeny hundreds of millions of years ago, and which has subsequently eroded almost entirely.
2. The cliffs and “flowerpot formations” seen today have gradually been carved by glacial ice, rain, wind and surf. Located toward the enclosed end of a long, narrow bay, this area experiences daily tidal changes of 10 to 14 meters on average.
3. While tourists can now clamber about the shoreline here at low tide (at least from May to October), before European settlers arrived about the turn of the 18th century, the area was the traditional home of native peoples, including the Mi’kmaq and Malecite (or Maliseet).
Name the site and its home country.
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Answer: The cliffs and “flowerpots” seen today at Hopewell Rocks — located on the coast of New Brunswick, Canada, toward the enclosed end of the Bay of Fundy — have gradually been carved into the local sandstone and conglomerate due to erosion by glacial ice, rain, wind and surf. This popular tourist site experiences average tides of 10 to 14 meters. Photos are by Edith Chasen-Cerreta.

June winners:
Gerhard Kunze (Akron, Ohio)
Stephen T. Lofthouse (Ocean, N.J.)
Debia McCulloch (Lilburn, Ga.)
Raman J. Singh (Fairfield, Ohio)
Michael Street (Ancaster, Ontario, Canada)
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01 Jun 2013