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Geology: The Foundation for Alberta Parks
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Presented by Dr. Mark Fenton of the Alberta Geological Survey
Alberta’s parks are the result of geology and geologic processes and therefore contain many geological wonders. This talk will focus on a few of these including answers to the following: “The where and why of hot pots” “Rock and spontaneous combustion” “Why the big stink at Harper Creek?” “Warp speed Alberta?” “Where was Vermilion Chutes 370 million years ago?” “Where are you in the pink in Alberta?” “Why a railroad in the Athabasca River?” and “Marvellous megamarbles.”
Dr. Mark Fenton works for the Alberta Geological Survey, and has studied Alberta surficial geology for over four decades. Over the past five years, he created the first surficial geology map of Alberta. His work has incorporated helicopter/truck recon into many areas of Alberta including visits to parks and protected areas. Some of these park sites are very seldom visited by Albertans and all have unusual and interesting geology. He will share his personal anecdotes.
Admission: Free to Friends members, $5 for non-members.
Photos: Mysterious depressions in the limestone near Vermilion Chutes (Fenton, Alberta Geological Survey), Grand Rapids Athabasca River (Prior, Alberta Geological Survey), Limestone cliffs along Harper Creek (Fenton, Alberta Geological Survey)