The Mysterious Face of Badlands Guardian

Written By Tripzibit on Jul 9, 2013 | 15:41

On November 2006, Lynn Hickox (53) discovered a magnificent rock formation which resemble a face of native American wearing an earphone. She accidentally found it while surfing Google Earth on the internet. Mrs. Hickox who lives in a small Canadian town has posted her find on the Google Earth forum using "Supergranny" as her nickname. She said that she was just looking for directions to a dinosaur museum. While examining images on Google Earth, suddenly it showed up, only on her second outing on Google Earth. The mysterious image can be found on this coordinates: 50° 0'38.20"N 110° 6'48.32"W using Google earth.

The mysterious rock formation in Alberta, Canada
The rock formation also known as Indian Head eventually called the Badlands Guardian after various names were suggested by CBC Radio One program "As It Happens". At first it was named "Guardian of the Badlands" then they altered it become "Badlands Guardian".

The Badlands Guardian located in one of Canada's key gas fields, about 350 kilometres southeast of Calgary, near the border with the United States. The nearest town is Medicine Hat known as The Gas City, which also claims to be Canada's sunniest spot.

The rock formation's "face" measures about 255 metres across and about 225 metres long. It sits on land leased by local ranchers Shirley and Norman Freimark. They said that their cattle have grazed in the area for nine years. The feature can only be viewed from the air, and it looks like a human head facing westward, wearing a native American feathered headdress and an earphone. The details of the head are amazing since it was formed naturally by the erosion of rainwater on layers of clay-rich soil. The 'head' may have been created during a short period of fast erosion immediately following intense rainfall. Although the image appears to be a convex feature, it is actually concave — that is, a valley, an instance of the Hollow-Face illusion. The earphone actually an oil well and a road, which were installed at that time.

"It was a stroke of luck that the feature appeared in the satellite images," said Duane Froese, a geology professor at the University of Alberta.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badlands_Guardian;
http://www.smh.com.au/news/web/grans-canyon-sensation/2006/11/13/1163266420400.html;
http://www.smh.com.au/news/web/grans-canyon-sensation/2006/11/13/1163266420400.html?page=2;
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-badlands-guardian

Pic Source:
https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=medicine+hat,+alberta&ie=UTF8&z=16&ll=50.010083,-110.113006&spn=0.009432,0.026951&t=k&om=1


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