The vast sweep of ageless history


The average individual in Alberta today must find it hard to believe that the western prairies of Canada were once a tropical region. Such, however, has proven to be true.
Once this country sweltered under a tropical sun during the Cretaceous Age, some 30 to 40 million years ago. That was when the dinosaurs, whose petrified remains have been extracted from the valley of the Red Deer River north of here, were monarchs of all they surveyed.
What is now the prairie region was then covered with an immense inland sea, the borders of which created vast swamp lands and jungles with forests interspersed throughout.
Later, as the centuries passed, the ice age came along and glaciers moved down from the north, scrunching the forests under massive earth movements and covering the land with Arctic cold.
The dinosaur age must have been the most interesting. Imagine walking along the edge of a swamp and encountering a great creature 60 or 70 feet long and peering down at you from 20 or 30 feet.
The largest species were herbivores. Smaller, heavily-toothed and armored varieties were carnivorous and lived mostly on their ponderous brethren.
When you stand on the banks of the Red Deer River and look over Canada’s only dinosaur park you are on ground upon which those monsters trod.
We are told that with the changing rotation of the earth’s axis, gradually but surely taking place, western Canada will again, in the dim and distant future, be under the sway of a tropical climate. Then will come another ice age.
But no one should be worried over the prospects for they are millions and millions of years away.—Brooks Bulletin 1967.