Naomi’s Rest

  Naomi's Rest mapAn unusual rock formation can be found at a high point in the land lying east of Turtle Lake.

Two rock outcrops, each the size of a large family home, protrude above the surrounding landscape. A short detour from the Turtle Lake Trail winds its way to the top of the northern boulder, enabling visitors to stand at the tree canopy level and look over a rock canyon to view the abundant fern growth which covers much of the top of the southern boulders.

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 10.45.21 PMThese large boulders are clearly out of character with the surrounding rocks left when the glaciers melted eleven thousand years or so ago.

 

One explanation is that the rocks resulted from a meteorite impact some 450 million years earlier which created the Brent Crater in the north-central sector of Algonquin Park. In literally one second, a 600-metre deep hole in the earth’s surface was created when billions of tonnes of rock were shattered and blasted high into the atmosphere, with some boulders falling 50 kilometres or more away. The force of the explosion is estimated to have been fifty times greater than a nuclear bomb capable of obliterating the largest city on earth.

 

Scientists have determined that the shattered rocks near the Brent Crater are remarkably similar to those resulting from a controlled nuclear blast, and in stark contrast to the rocks left behind by a volcano or glacial deposit.

Naomi's Rest drawing

When you visit Naomi’s Rest, you will notice the similarity with the Brent Crater boulders which are shown in the sketch to the right. It is also possible that this is one of nature’s many coincidences.