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Erosion Canyon on Lake Erie

Port Burwell, Ontario - Dec 22 2020

In recent years, near Port Burwell, Ontario, erosion has caused a gaping chasm to form on the north shore of Lake Erie. It keeps getting worse every year, and the erosion appears to be accelerating with no way to stop it. The photos really show how the canyon (technically a very large gully) has expanded.
 
The 2020 aerial drone photo from David Piano really showed this recent expansion into the fields north of Lake Erie.
 
The Weather Network and I teamed up to do some reporting on the phenomena, and any time there's a huge hole in the ground, I'm always interested in dropping down inside, so we rigged up some ropes for safety, and dropped down inside to the very bottom.

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Panoramic view of the chasm. It really is impressive in person. It is at least 100 feet deep in places, and there is water flowing at the bottom, proving that it is still continuing to erode and expand.
 

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Looking northeast from the edge, as we look for a good place to set up ropes for the rappel down inside.

Weather Network meteorologist Mark Robinson doing a piece to camera before the two of us drop down inside.
 

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Panoramic view from the bottom.
 

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I always bring my flag of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society with me on every adventure.

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