“Homecoming Scotland” celebrates Irvine

Irvine, Alberta watercolour c. 2003
Irvine, Alberta - Photoshop watercolour c. 2003

Irvine, Alberta has gained some notoriety from its namesake in Scotland. An exhibition of photographs (not including the above, which is a rendering of one of my own) on display in the Scottish Parliament celebrate the community of Irvine in North Ayrshire’s association with the Alberta hamlet:

One panel at the exhibition includes pictures of buffalo grazing outside Irvine’s namesake, while another features a shot of the ‘road to infinity’ running nearby.

I’m not sure what the “road to infinity” refers to, possibly the Trans Canada Highway, which passes to the south of the community. If anyone could enlighten me on that, it would be much appreciated.

The Irvine area also garnered worldwide notoriety in 2006 after the discovery of a natural feature nearby, which would become known as the Badlands Guardian.

Something about a “Triangle”…

Federal Geologist Stephen Wolfe and Christopher Hugenholtz of the University of Lethbridge have confirmed what many of us who are from the Sunny Southeast suspected all along:

A large swath of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan was an active desert just 200 years ago, with forbidding expanses of shifting sand more commonly associated with Death Valley or the Sahara.

“Think Lawrence of Arabia,” quips federal geologist Stephen Wolfe, whose team has uncovered the “footsteps” of desert dunes that in the late 1700s were moving across much of the landscape between Medicine Hat, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask. *

According to the above article in the Calgary Herald, this month’s edition of the journal Geology outlines how images using LIDAR show “distinct ‘footprints’ left as the dunes moved across the landscape”.

On a related note, a fellow named Palliser also made some similar observations.