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This photo was taken in Mont Saint-Hilaire, located about 35 km east of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is part of the Monteregian Hills, which are erosional remnants of intrusive plutons at the base of ancient mountains that spread across southern Quebec. This intrusion is composed of three distinct peralkaline plutons that formed during the Cretaceous period (1.33 to 1.20 million years ago).

This is a famous mineral collecting locality with a large number of exotic mineral species (about 260 different minerals!), including uncommon rare earth minerals (for a complete list see http://www.saint-hilaire.ca/mshmineralspecies.pdf). Mineral collecting is open to the public on certain days (see http://www.montrealgemmineralclub.ca/ for dates).

This large hill (414 m elevation) is surrounded by a relatively flat landscape as a result of differential weathering of the overlying soft sedimentary rocks (and preservation of the more resistant igneous rocks). As a result, there are spectacular views of the surrounding landscape if you follow the well-maintained hiking trail to the top.

This photo was taken during a particularly foggy day in the spring. As a result, I was able to see a barn owl hunting in the middle of the day! There is lots of small wildlife and numerous birds to see as it is one of the few areas of old-growth forest in this part of Canada.

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  • Copyright: Melissa Anderson (Melizard) (47)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-05-04
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-05-14 16:17
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