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July 10th 2011
Published: July 20th 2011
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Drumheller is a town (formerly a city) within the Red Deer River valley in the badlands of east-central Alberta, Canada. The Drumheller portion of the Red Deer River valley is often referred to as Dinosaur Valley. The Royal Tyrrell Museum, located in Drumheller, is a leading centre of palaeontological research noted for its collection of more than 130,000 fossils. The museum is situated in the middle of the fossil-bearing strata of the Late Cretaceous Horseshoe Canyon Formation and holds numerous specimens from Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Devil's Coulee Dinosaur Egg Historic Nest Site.
The badlands also have hoodoos, which are tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland. Hoodoos consist of soft sedimentary rock topped by harder, less easily-eroded stone that protects each column from the elements and are mainly located in the desert in dry, hot areas.

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