Yesterday we went to Tablelands, which is located in Gros Morne National Park. Basically what happened there was “geological anomaly”. What happened was 500 million years ago two continents collided (I cant remember the old pre-Pangea continent names) and that sent up a bunch of rocks which are normally found in the earth’s mantle. People describe it as “geologists’ paradise”. The reason everyone is so exited about the mantle rock is because the rock is only found in the earth’s mantle.
We took a guided hike there, it was OK. Most of what the ranger said was interesting. When we got to the end
there was a nice view of the valley we were in. The ranger was talking about the continents colliding and stuff like that, but he also talked about how not much vegetation grew in the valley. The reason for that is the valley is a very harsh place for plants to grow, so plants have to be pretty tough to live there. The plants that live there don’t have much competition though, and I guess that’s why they grow there.
There were a lot of Pitcher Plants there. They eat insects. To do that they have a sort of insect-luring aroma that makes insects want to go inside of them. They get caught in the water that builds up in the bottom of the plant and cant get out. If they get out of the water the plant has hairs that are facing down so that bugs cant get out. There was also a (Mitch’s?) fly larvae that can swim, and eats the leftover parts of bugs the plant left behind. It a symbiotic relationship.