Mount Babel (Quebec)
|Elevation||952 m (3,123 ft) |
|Prominence||590 m (1,940 ft) |
|Listing||List of mountains of Canada|
Mount Babel is the highest peak of the René-Levasseur Island, at 952 m (3,123 ft) above sea-level, which is 590 m (1,936 ft) above the Manicouagan Reservoir level. It lies within the Louis-Babel Ecological Reserve in Quebec, Canada.
Mount Babel is the central peak of the Manicouagan crater and was formed by the rebound of the crust after the impact of a meteor 210 million years ago. The mountain and reservoir are of particular interest to geologists due to the shock metamorphosis it endured.
Mount Babel is also a valuable research ground for biologists. One can find montane and alpine climate zones there, since meteorological conditions become increasingly extreme towards the summit. These conditions create a quick transition from boreal forest to tundra, where there can be found lichen and other arctic life forms that would normally be observed hundreds of kilometres further north.
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- Government of Quebec, Réserve écologique Louis-Babel (in French), Quebec City: Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs, retrieved 20 Sep 2010
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- Gouvernement du Québec. "Réserve écologique Louis-Babel" (in French). Québec: Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs. Retrieved 20 Sep 2010.
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