This earth cache will bring you to a very cool wall of Red rock along the Trans Canada Trail. From the trailhead it's 1.5km through the amazing tunnel to the earthcache location.
Rocks are red when they contain the mineral hematite, which is an iron oxide that is similar to rust.
What is Red Iron Oxide (Hematite)?
Hematite is an important ore of iron and it's blood red color (in the powdered form) lends itself well in use as a pigment. Hematite gets its name from a Greek word meaning blood-like because of the color of its powder. Ancient superstition held that large deposits of hematite formed from battles that were fought and the subsequent blood that flowed into the ground. Crystals of Hematite are considered rare and are sought after by collectors as are fine Kidney Ore specimens. Hematite is the most important source of iron ore in the world. The production of iron has been important to nations of the world for over 2500 years. Today the addition of other minerals to iron has lead to the production of steel which is vital to the economy of the major countries on Earth. Hematite has a red or black color but the streak is always red. The iron in the hematite turns red when it comes in contact with water and oxygen. In other words this rock is rusted!!
Metaphysical Properties of Red Iron Oxide (Hematite)
Hematite is said to enhance one's physical energy and vitality, and to calm emotions and boost self-esteem. It is also said to enhance memory and intellect. Hematite is said to help strengthen the circulatory system and to help in the treatment of blood and kidney disorders.
To claim this earth cache you must do the following:
1) Post a picture of yourself\group or GPS at the Red Wall
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2) What do people seem to be using this red rock for at this location?
3) Look closely at the wall or broken off pieces besides Red what other color do you notice, what do you think causes that color?
4) If Hematite turns Red when it come is contact with water or oxygen, what do you think it's original color is?