Mount John Laurie
|Mount John Laurie|
|Elevation||2,240 m (7,349 ft)|
|Topo map||NTS 82O/03|
|Type||Limestone & shale|
|Age of rock||Paleozoic|
While it is officially named Mount John Laurie, also known as Mount Laurie, it is best known now by the native name Mount Yamnuska, or simply Yamnuska. Yamnuska translates to "wall of stone."
John Laurie was a founder of the Indian Association of Alberta.
Mount John Laurie is the first mountain on the north side of the Bow River valley (Bow Valley) as it exits the mountains for the foothills and prairie of Alberta. Located close to Calgary, it is a popular "great scramble". It is also a popular rock climbing destination, with over 100 routes of all difficulty levels spread out across its face.
Mount John Laurie is the result of the McConnell Thrust Fault, which put the resistive, cliff forming Cambrian carbonate rock of the Eldon Formation on top of the much younger and weaker Cretaceous aged, clastic Belly River Formation The fault, which sits at the base of the cliff face, represents an age difference of around 450 million years.
Media related to Mount John Laurie at Wikimedia Commons
- McMechan, M.E., 1995, Geology, Rocky Mountain Foothills and Front Ranges in Kananaskis Country, Alberta. Geological Survey of Canada. Map 1865A, scale 1:100 000.
- Vrolijk, P. and B.A. van der Pluijm, 1999, Clay gouge. Journal of Structural Geology. 21. 1039-1048.
actually means flat faced mountain, because of how the front of it is flat and the back part is not
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