LAKE MECATINA

LAKE MECATINA – Quebec, Canada – “Stratified circular feature”

  • Type: Stratified Circular Feature
  • Diameter: ~6.4 Km
  • Location: North of St. Lawrence River, Quebec N 50° 49.5’ W 59° 25.1’
LAKE MECATINA, Quebec, Canada.
LAKE MECATINA, Quebec, Canada.
A geological study revealed the Mecatina structure is NOT a meteorite impact crater; rather, it is the result of multiple folding episodes of the bedrock, which is Grenville gneiss, with subsequent erosion and then recent glacial modification. It is classified as a “Stratified Circular Feature”. (a mosaic of approximately 22 individual aerial photographs and shows the lake and the region that surrounds it) – courtesy Gerencher
Lake Mecatina is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec.

The 4000-foot diameter lake in the center of Mecatina crater has a compelling circular shape. The image below is a mosaic of approximately 22 individual aerial photographs and shows the lake and the region that surrounds it. North is to the top. The black on the image is water, the gray is forest, and the light tones are lichen, which is known in the area as “caribou moss.”

A similar structure is found near Parry Sound Ontario, Lakes McGruther & Dell, Ontario

The Mecatina study was funded by a grant from NASA (grant NSF-473), (Gerencher 1965)

From: [Scientists Report II.] A Search for Analogies Between Lunar and Terrestrial Topography on Photographs of the Canadian Shield, Part II, Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 50, p.253-254 (Beals et al, 1964).

References

Gerencher, J. J., The Mecatina structure NASA (grant NSF-473)

Gerencher, J. J. and D. P. Gold, The Significance of Some Dike Swarms along the North Shore of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in Eastern Quebec. Geological Society of America in Washington, DC on Feb 16, 1968

Beals, C. S., Ferguson, G. M., & Landau, A., [Scientists Report II.] A Search for Analogies Between Lunar and Terrestrial Topography on Photographs of the Canadian Shield, Part II,Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 50, p.253-254