Landscapes - Robert Downie
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Medicine Lake Melt

Spring slowly breaks winters frozen hold on Medicine Lake. While the Maligne River pours into the lake from the south, the lake is actually a geological anomaly as there is no visible exit to the lake. In spring the river cuts a path through the ice across the lake towards the North Western ends abruptly at this pool where it is thought to drain through the soluble limestone rock below. It does not surface again for 16km where Maligne Canyon improbably cuts its way out of the ground. The sinking river system is thought to be one of the largest inaccessible cave systems anywhere in the world. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada