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Geology on your Doorstep: Exposed Rocks and Fossils within an Hour’s Drive from Calgary
Thursday, September 22, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Presented by Jon Noad, Geological Consultant
Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre, Shannon Terrace, Fish Creek Provincial Park (13931 Woodpath Rd. SW – Access via 130 Ave. SW and 37 St. SW)
Calgary lies on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, at the junction between very different geological settings. Fortunately there are abundant rock outcrops that provide us with windows into the past. From these clues we can build the story of Calgary’s geological history, beginning more than 1.6 billion years ago and continuing to the present. In this presentation you will be introduced to arid deserts before life made its way onto land, to warm seas where thick limestones formed, and to a Mesozoic world where thick coals formed in swamps. The world’s richest dinosaur depository formed later, in the Cretaceou period, though river systems continued to cross the Calgarian plains of the Paleocene. A gap in the fossil record continued until glacial times, punctuated by at least one striking volcanic eruption affecting our region.
Registration required. Free for Friends of Fish Creek members and $5 for non-members.
Jon is an exploration geologist with 18 years of experience in the oil industry. After graduating in 1985, he worked for five years in South Africa as a mining geologist, and then as a marine geologist, analyzing cable routes, leading to an MSc and PhD. in Sedimentology, the latter working in eastern Borneo on shoreface systems and fossil mangroves.
He then joined Shell International, exploring across the Middle East before moving to Canada in 2006. Roles at Shell Canada and Murphy, including Team Lead Frontier and Exploration Manager, focused on western Canadian plays and the Orphan Basin. He joined Husky as Geological Specialist in 2012. He left Husky in February 2016 and is now an active geological consultant.
Mississippian limestones on Highway 1A, photo courtesy of Jon Noad