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Mount Mackenzie and the Cardinal Divide # 219

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Date: 1996.09.16
Vantage Point: Cardinal Divide meadow

Caption: The foothills give way to the Rockies under a bright September sky at the Nikanassin Range near Cadomin, Alberta. Mount Mackenzie's shape is echoed by Mount Russell from this perspective, looking south-southeast from the autumn colours of the Cardinal Divide meadow. Ruby Mountain and Thistle Mountain are visible further south.

PhotoDescr: Mount Mackenzie and Mount Russell stand at the east edge of the Rockies. Government approval of the Cheviot Mine was in its final stages, so I thought I'd take one last look at the country around the Cardinal Divide before it developed gaping holes. The planned 25 km series of open-pit mines is in the prime grizzly territory north of this viewpoint; since then, the bottom has dropped out the hard coal market, and the development has been indefinitely postponed.

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