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The Cheltenham Badlands in Canada are pretty impressive because you won't expect something like this to be just north-west of Toronto and it is mostly red in color due to iron oxide deposits.

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The Cheltenham Badlands in Canada is pretty epic since you won't expect something like this to be here, just north-west of Toronto, located in the hilly area of Caledon.

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The formation was exposed by poor farming practices in the 1930's that led to soil erosion and exposed the underlying shale.

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It is mostly red in color due to iron oxide deposits with some faint green streaks due to ground water percolation changing the red iron oxide into green iron oxide.

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I know, its crazy, and reminds me of the red surface of mars!

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There are concerns by conservationists that increased visitors to the area will cause damage to the formation and suggest closure or restriction of access to the site.

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So go see it while access is still allowed!

Located within the Niagara Escarpment, the site is by default part of the local UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

While in the area, make a stop-over at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park for some nice Canadian scenery this was a short video but it is a place in Canada I had never heard of and I found fascinated enough to share with you guys.

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