Today was a boat adventure on the Western Brook Pond at the Gros Morne Park. This 12 mile long deep water lake is surrounded by a mountain range over a billion years old. It is believed that this mountain range at one time may have been as tall as the Alps. These granite walls are a result of over 40 cycles of glaciers that continually pushed their way to the sea. The most recent was 12000 years ago. The views are spectacular.
The walls reach as high as 2200 ft. and the pond is over 200 ft. deep. The water is pure. The tributaries that feed the pond are filtered through the granite so effectively there are very little minerals that enter the lake. There are a few fish, but very few, hence there are very few birds and predators.
The pond was once a salt water fjord but since the last glaciers, it blocked itself from the ocean and is now a fresh water pond. Every effort is being made to protect this natural wonder. In order to get to the tour boat, we walked a 3 kilometer trail to the boat dock. It's the only way you can get there. This is one of Newfoundlands treasures and a place that every visitor comes to see. The pictures cannot do this place justice.
You will see a picture labeled Hanging Valley. These valleys are formed when smaller tributary glaciers melt before the primary glacier melts. It leaves valleys high in the mountains. You can see this effect in a lot of the mountains, but this one is a great representation The entire landscape of the western side of Newfoundland is glacial effect.