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Gateway to Kananaskis
the Chateau and
in the distance
The dramatic turquoise
blue colour is the result of the sun reflecting off suspended rock
flour in the water. The flour is ground by glaciers (see
an example) flowing through the mountains, grinding rock on rock.
There is so much rock dust, it turns the rivers which feed the lakes
white. (see an example). As the
white water is diluted by ground water it turns light blue and, eventually,
dark blue as the dust settles out of the water.