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The Ochre Trail … The Choke Cones

October 20, 2020

Mountain Spring High · Gabriel LewisJust before the Paint Pots on
Ye Old Ochre Trail 
we encounter the Choke Cones.

Sign image borrowed from the Net.

What are Choke Cones you might ask?

Sign says:


This “choked” cone resulted from the accumulation
of iron oxide or hydroxide around the rim of a pool.
As the rim grew, the pool deepened. The increased
pressure of water in the pool became greater than the
force of water in the spring causing the spring to
seek a new outlet. When this happened, the pot
eventually dried up, forming a “choked” cone.The Kootenay Choke Cones appear to be of little or no interest to anybody
as I could find no images and little information about them on the net.
We, ourselves, marched blithely past them 
like cityslicker robots
without taking a photo. 
The image above is stolen off the wonderful Google Maps.
So I hope I’m not boring everybody to death with this stuff. 

just in case you ARE interested at all …

check this out.

Just click on the link below.
Voila! – the entire virtual Kootenay Paint Pots Hike !!!!,-116.1476117,2a,90y,272.44h,94.66t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1snWQZmcmTjOlDRsnhvAiqSg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x537755c63211911d:0xb516823821a23dd7!8m2!3d51.1701032!4d-116.1472925

And you can do it must faster than we did.


At the Pots

3 thoughts on “The Ochre Trail … The Choke Cones

  1. GP Cox says:

    I learn something new every day! Thanks.

    1. jcalberta says:

      I’m wondering if other Bloggers can’t also use those Virtual Tours. I know they’ve been around for a while, but I just stumbled on this.

  2. jcalberta says:

    There’s quite a few of these Virtual Hikes on Google Maps GP. And other wonders. It’s a resource I’ve used quite a bit and it might be handy for you as well???

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