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Halifax Citadel Drumlin

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Hidden : 4/8/2007
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Geocache Description:

Citadel Hill is a glacial drumlin located on the Halifax Peninsula. It affords a commanding view of the entrance to Halifax Harbour, as well as nearby George's Island and McNabs Island.


Drumlins are formed of till. They are elongated features that can reach a kilometer or more in length, 500m or so in width and over 50m in height. One end is quite step, whilst the other end tapers away to ground level. The Stoss end is the steeper of the two ends and used to face into the ice flow.

The Lee slope is the gentler slope and becomes lower as you move away from the source of the ice. This means that the highest point will always be at the Stoss end of the drumlin, and the lowest point will be the end of the Lee slope. It is common to find several drumlins grouped together. The collection of drumlins is called a swarm. Areas with swarms of drumlins are sometimes referred to as 'basket of eggs' topography because of the rounded bumps that remind people of a box containing eggs.

There is still some debate about how drumlins are formed, but the most widely accepted idea is that they were formed when the ice became overloaded with sediment. When the competence of the glacier was reduced, material was deposited, in the same way that a river overloaded with sediment deposits the excess material. The glacier may have experienced a reduction in its competence for several reasons, including melting of the ice and changes in velocity. If there is a small obstacle on the ground, this may act as a trigger point and till will build up around it.

It is difficult to understand how the material could have been directly deposited in the characteristic shape of a drumlin unless the ice was still moving at the time, but it may also have been reshaped by further ice movements after it was deposited.

Plan and profile diagrams of a typical drumlin

In the diagram above, the ice was flowing from left to right. The long axis of the drumlin is the line A-B, the point of maximum width is the line C-D, and the highest point on the landform is at E. Not all drumlins will show such a distinct difference in slope angle between the stoss end and lee slope, but the stoss end will always be the steeper of the two

There is no requirement to go inside the fortress to log this cache, however it is highly recommended as its history and daily shows are fantastic and will also give you spectacular views.

To log this cache you must "WALK" the perimeter of the fortress along the gravel walking path beside the road and determine the following answers:

1. Reset your GPS odometer and calculate how many meters it takes you to walk from the start point around the perimeter of the fortress and return to the start point.
,(START POINT IS THE CO-ORDS at the TOP of this page. Not the CO-ORDS in #2)

2. DELETED, Item no longer on site.

3. How high above sea level is the Citadel Drumlin?

4. How much height has the Drumlin lost due to the construction of the fortresses and how many fortresses have been atop this drumlin?

Please take a picture of yourself holding your GPS at the start point!!!

E-MAIL me the answers for the above questions. Do Not Post them in your log entry. *** You may log the find at any time but logs that do not satisfy the above questions will be deleted ***

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Fgneg Cbvag = gur Pb-beqvangrf ng gur gbc bs guvf pnpur cntr.
Fgnl ba gur jnyxvat cngu gb trg npphengr qvfgnapr ernqvat. Qevivat lbhe pne nebhaq jvyy tvir lbh n snyfr ernqvat.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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