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Tumbler Ridge is located on the eastern slopes of the northern Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, Canada. Within a relatively small area, the hills, mountains and valleys around Tumbler Ridge, on the eastern slopes of the northern Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, Canada, contain a remarkable variety of geological features in predominantly sedimentary rock exposures. The age-range of these rocks is extensive: Precambrian to Cretaceous (728 Million to 66 Million years ago).
The Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark is also unusual in its remote, wilderness location, giving visitors the authentic feeling of a low population frontier region.
The Canadian Rockies are remarkably similar along their 1450 km length. However, the Tumbler Ridge area has features that distinguish it from areas of the Rockies further south. Cooler temperatures mean that treeline is lower, allowing for much more alpine area. The thick cliff-forming layers found to the south are thinner or absent here, creating a topography that lends itself to hiking, with mountains that are generally easier to ascend. Resistant layers of rock make for a variety of accessible, spectacular waterfalls.
The geological legacy has attracted humans who have come for the abundant resources.
As the Rockies rose, the geological environment was right for accumulation of extensive peat deposits in swampy areas near the coastline of the inland sea – these became the metallurgical coal seams that, along with natural gas deposits, have led to the development and settlement of the area. The area is also suited for wind power, with flat-topped elevated ridges that run perpendicular to the prevailing southwesterly winds.
An abundance of paleontological phenomena form the basis for the ongoing research by our scientists, leading to many of our exhibits and programs. Cretaceous dinosaur tracks (many of which are of global significance), a Cretaceous dinosaur bonebed with unusual features, and Triassic fishes and marine reptiles are of particular importance and abundance. Our local Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre does research on the many sites in the area. Visit them and tour the Tumbler Ridge Dinosaur Discovery Gallery on your next trip here.
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