Sangudo Things to Do
~ Sangudo Sundail ~
The Sangudo Sundial-Elevator is one of the biggest sundials in existence with a height of 21 feet and a total weight of over 40 tons, including the marker rocks. The design provides for a modern sculptured appearance of a country grain elevator with a shingled roof, permanency (100 year range), and simplicity and economy of construction utilizing local volunteer craftsmen. The design is indeed unique and has been officially copyrighted by the Village of Sangudo.
The design incorporates an additional feature which makes it particular to the Village of Sangudo. The angle of the upper roof slope is 54°54', which corresponds with the north latitude of Sangudo, and as such, enables the structure to function as a simple sundial. The combination of structural design and the time it tells (Sangudo Solar Time) makes the "Sundial Elevator" a unique structure, world wide.
The large boulders were found in farm fields near Sangudo, having been deposited there during the last great glaciation as the Laurentide Ice Sheet moved from the northeast during the period 22,000 to 12,000 years ago. The three classes of rocks: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic are represented in this collection. The boulders range in age and place of origin from Precambrian Shield granite (about two billion years old) from the Fort Smith, Northwest Territories area to Cretaceous sandstones (about 70 million years old) formed locally in the Pembina River basin.
This is a really great sundial! It captures the essence of one of the fastest disappearing symbols of the prairie provinces - the country grain elevator. What was once a common site in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta is now an endangered species.Related to:
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