Dr. Bondar talks about making this image:
Location of Gros Morne National Park & UNESCO World Heritage Site, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
Gros Morne is a Coastal Biome that includes a range of ecosystems from marine lowland to alpine plateau in an exposé of deep ocean crust from Earth’s mantle.
Gros Morne National Park is a living example of plate tectonics where both rocks of the Earth’s mantle and deep ocean crust are exposed to view. Not only are they quite visible to the eye, they are relatively easy to access to view and/or study.
Of course, 500 million years of weathering, glaciation, and soil buildup have created a wilderness landscape of exceptional beauty. The park ranges from sandy beaches and ocean harbours to alpine highlands and all elevations in between.
This is an all-in-one wildlife capture from whale watching to woodland caribou spotting. From seabirds like northern gannets and piping plovers to alpine species like rock ptarmigan and eagles.
There are bogs and marshland, cliffs, dense forest, and – Yes! — Arctic tundra on the flat-topped Gros Morne [French for “great sombre] Mountain.