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La chute Montmorency / Montmorency Falls

 
 
La chute Montmorency / Montmorency Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2018
1. La chute Montmorency / Montmorency Falls Marker
Inscription.

Le Sault de Montmorency, tel est le nom originel de la cataracte, celui que Champlain lui a donné en l'honneur d'Henri II, duc de Montmorency, son protecteur, vice-roi de la Nouvelle-France en 1619.

Le chute figure parmi les plus imposantes au Canada. Haute de 84 mètres, elle dépasse de 30 mètres celles du Niagara. Elle a creusé à son pied une vaste marmite de 17 mètres de profondeur et débite un volume d'eau qui pourrait approvisionner une forte proportion de la population du Québec.

Ce remarquable accident géographique est signalé depuis 1879 par nombre d'ouvrages géologiques, notamment à cause de la forte inclinaison des strates à la base de la chute. C'est une fracture dans l'écorce terrestre, la faille Montmorency, qui a provoqué l'affaissement des formations rocheuses du côté de fleuve.

[Coupe géologique des chute Montmorency]
• Gneiss

• Calcaire (formation de Trenton) et grès de base

• Schiste (formation Utica)

• Grès (formation de Beupré)

• Schiste (formation de Lotbinière)

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The Montmorency Sault, the original name of the cataract, is the one that Champlain gave in 1619 in honor of Henry II, Duke of Montmorency, his protector
La chute Montmorency / Montmorency Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2018
2. La chute Montmorency / Montmorency Falls Marker
Montmorency Manor in background
and the viceroy of New France.

The Falls is among the largest in Canada. At 84 meters high, it exceeds Niagara by 30 meters. It has dug a large pool at its base that is 17 meters deep, and discharges a volume of water that could supply a large proportion of Quebec's population.

This remarkable accident of geography has been reported since 1879 by a number of geological structures, in particular because of the steepness of the strata at the base of the Falls. It is a fracture in the Earth's crust, the Montmorency Fault, which caused the collapse of the rock formations on the river side.

[Montmorency Falls geological cross section]
• Gneiss

• Limestone (Trenton Formation) and basic sandstones

• Shale (Utica formation)

• Sandstone (Beupré formation)

• Shale (Lotbinière formation)
 
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Location. 46° 53.263′ N, 71° 8.995′ W. Marker is in Québec, Quebec, in Capitale-Nationale (region). Touch for map. Marker is on the viewing platform, meters north of the upper Cable Car station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5300 boulevard Sainte-Anne, Québec, Quebec G1C 0M3, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. L'anse du parc de la Chute-Montmorency (approx.

La chute Montmorency / Montmorency Falls image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2018
3. La chute Montmorency / Montmorency Falls
0.4 kilometers away); Contre vents et marées / Against All Odds (approx. 4.2 kilometers away); La « grève chez Blais » / The "Strike at Blais" (approx. 4.2 kilometers away); La « grève du Nord », porte d'entrée / The "North Shore" gateway (approx. 4.2 kilometers away); A.C. Davie Shipyard (approx. 8.6 kilometers away); Guy Carleton (approx. 9 kilometers away); The Siege of Québec, 1775 - 1776 (approx. 9 kilometers away); Guillaume Verrier (approx. 9.1 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Québec.
 
Also see . . .  Parc de la Chute‑Montmorency Falls Park. (Submitted on September 16, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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