Hoodoos are fascinating geological formations in the Canadian Badlands . But… what and where are the Canadian Badlands?
Outside of Drumheller, Alberta, large erect hoodoos gather like sleeping titans in this land French Canadian trappers called Des mauvaises terrains à traverser---“badlands to cross”.
Reaching towards the sky, hoodoo formations capture the imagination. Origin of their neat name in North America comes from the black magic practices of African Americans in the southern United States (hoodoos are found around the world). With their unusual shapes, their striations of rock and sand in different colours, they look magical. Aboriginals believed they were giants turned to stone for their evil deeds and were harbingers of bad luck .
Standing before hoodoos in the hot sun under a cloudless blue sky, it’s easy to understand their attraction. They are cool dudes, or, as they are known in France, ‘ladies with hairdos’. Hoodoos are actually formed over thousands of years by erosion. Their solid mushroom-like caps protect the soft, underlying shape.
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