Where you can see the ‘soul’ of the Earth


Canada’s remote Gros Morne National Park is one of the few places where you can see the Earth’s mantle. During the warmer months, Canada’s easterly island of Newfoundland is a lush wonderland dotted with lakes, bogs and endless forests. But on Newfoundland’s west coast, wedged between the deeply carved fjords and towering peaks of Gros Morne National Park, a barren plateau emerges. Known as The Tablelands, this vast desert-like landscape that resembles Mars is the result of half a billion years of geological activity. But beyond its striking appearance, the park was named a Unesco World Heritage site because it offers a scientific window into the past – and, potentially, into other worlds.

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