Mysterious Marble Canyon and Pavilion Lake
| The Marble Canyon is
a small canyon in the south central Interior of British Columbia, a few
kilometres east of the Fraser River and the community of Pavilion, B C,
approximately midway between the towns of Lillooet and Cache Creek.
A collapsed karst formation, the canyon's name
comes from the brilliant limestone of its walls. Despite the name,
however, the bedrock is microcrystalline limestone (sedimentary rock)
rather than marble (metamorphic rock). The north wall is over 965m (3150')
high above Pavilion Lake and is the southernmost extent of the Marble
Range; the south wall is c. 515m (1500') and is the northern extremity of
the Clear Range.
Pavilion Lake is similar to only two
others anywhere, one in Siberia and the other in
These microbialites are believed to have formed a
critical stage in the evolution of life on earth. And some sources say
that the life forms at the bottom of the lake might have been placed
there millennia ago. There is a collection of interconnected mounds
on a submerged ridge in the centre of the lake bed that is being
investigated with regard to origin. There are also three curious flat topped
conical reefs beneath the clear waters.
Chiminey Rock for instance. A high tower-like
formation of rock standing straight up from the slant of the mountain it
is on. What might it have been centuries ago? A watch tower to guard the
cultivation of life beneath the crystalline waters of the lake? Were there even waters
there so long ago?
A slow drive through the picturesque canyon even in the brightness of a full sun in the summertime has an odd feeling of solitude and mellowed history. Like something we are not allowed to know just yet. Like we are being watched.
So don’t drive your car or motorcycle at high speed through this enchanted canyon. Go slow and savour the feeling of mystery pervading the area. It could be the mystery of you!
.... from the SFU website ....http://www.ensc.sfu.ca/research/url/pav/picture.htm
.... from the NASA website .. http://www.pavilionlake.com/plrp_mission_objectives.php
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