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The Badlands Guardian The Badlands Guardian may look just like a human head with an Indian headress. Visible only from the air,this so called optical illusion is in fact a drainage feature created by wind & water erosion on the soft clay rich soil. It is a geomorphological feature located near Medicine Hat in the south east corner of Alberta, Canada. Viewed from the air, the feature bears a strong resemblance to a human head wearing a full native American headdress, facing directly westward. Because of additional man-made structure, it also appears to be wearing earphones. The See more satellite images of earth at -


apparent earphones are a road and an oil well, which were recently installed. The head is a drainage feature created through erosion of soft, clay-rich soil by the action of wind and water. The arid badlands are typified by infrequent but intense rainshowers, sparse vegetation and soft sediments. The ‘head’ may have been created during a short period of fast erosion immediately following intense rainfall. Although the image appears to be a convex feature, it is actually concave — that is, a valley, an instance of the Hollow-Face illusion.

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