Traveling Canadian Rockies Ice Abraham Magic


Have you heard of the name "Abraham Lake" in Alberta, Canada? It is a population lake that was built together when I made Big Horn Dam in the Saskatchewan River in the 19th century.

Bighorn Dam (or Bighorn Hydro Plant) is a dam located in Clearwater County in west-central Alberta, Canada. It was built by TransAlta Corporation in 1972, and led to the creation of Lake Abraham, Alberta's largest man-made lake.
The plant is one of two TransAlta hydroelectric plants on the North Saskatchewan River System in Alberta. The Bighorn Plant annually generated 408000 megawatthours, more electricity each year than any of TransAlta's other hydro plants, enough to supply the equivalent of 58, 300 Alberta households.


The Bighorn embankment dam was built in 1972 in the mountain gap at Windy Point, in the Front Ranges of the Canadian Rockies, west of the confluence of the North Saskatchewan River and the Bighorn River.


Although it looks like a normal lake in the summer season, in the cold season of winter many thousands of jellyfish shaped things appear in the frozen lake water, many layers of fantastic mysterious world It is a lake where you can see. I will introduce you "Abraham Lake" where you can see mysterious art created by such winter nature.

Abraham Lake is in Alberta Province (Western Province of Western Canada), just in front of Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. In the vicinity of the state of Alberta, British Columbia West, Saskatchewan State to the east, North West North Territory to the North. On the south side there is a border with the United States and it is in contact with Montana State.

Abraham Lake is an artificial lake on North Saskatchewan River in western Alberta, Canada. Abraham Lake has a surface area of ​​53.7 km 2 (20.7 sq mi) and a length of 32 km (20 mi).


Abraham Lake
It was built on the upper course of the North Saskatchewan River, in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. It lines David Thompson Highway between Saskatchewan River Crossing and Nordegg.
Abraham Lake was created in 1972, with the construction of the Bighorn Dam. The Government of Alberta sponsored a contest to name the lake in February 1972, during the final stages of construction of the Bighorn dam. Students across the province were asked to submit names Taking into consideration "historical significance, prominent persons, geography and topography, and the value of the lake." It was named for Silas Abraham, an inhabitant of the Saskatchewan River valley in the nineteenth century.
But man-made, the lake has the blue color of other glacial lakes in the Rocky Mountains, which is caused by rock flour as in other glacial lakes.
The Cline River Heliport is located on the western shore of the lake.


The identity of the artistic pattern seen in the ice of Abraham Lake in the coldest of winter is what can be done because the bubbles of methane gas generated from the bottom of the lake has frozen. Actually, methane gas is intermittently generated all year round from plants inhabiting the lake in Abraham Lake. The amount is said to be 10 to 30 L per day.

A researcher says that this methane gas will become an important underground resource, but it seems that there is no valid usage method for now. Such gas bubbles of methane freeze in various forms according to weather conditions, and the lake shows a variety of expressions.

When you actually go to the lake, you can hear cracking sounds of countless bubbles and ice crying while the lake table is frozen by 20 to 30 cm. Since there are countless cracks on the ice and it is easy to crack, I will walk slowly while paying attention when riding on ice. It seems quite a thrill.


Fire pillar in the lake
Because it is methane gas, of course it ignites. Here is a picture of the experiment.

It seems that methane gas trapped in bubbles was broken and discharged using an ax, and the match was brought near and instantly ignited. It is a pretty big fire pillar. Of course permission is necessary so please do not do it.



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