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TitleFour billion years and counting: Canada's geological heritage: 2006 progress report on the development to produce a popular book on the geology of Canada
AuthorFensome, R; Achab, A; Clague, J; Corrigan, DORCID logo; Nowlan, G; Williams, G
SourceGeological Association of Canada-Mineralogical Association of Canada, Joint Annual Meeting, Abstracts Volume vol. 31, 2006 p. 47-48
LinksGAC/MAC 2006 abstracts volume
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 2005694
Meeting2006 Geological Association of Canada/ Mineralogical Association of Canada Joint Annual Meeting; Montreal, QC; CA; May 14-17, 2006
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
Subjectsmiscellaneous; general geology; geological history
ProgramNorthern Resources Development Program
Released2006 01 01
AbstractThe idea of a popular book on the geology of Canada, first suggested in 2003, was the focus of a special session at the GAC/MAC meeting in Halifax in 2005. The book will be about our nation's fascinating geological heritage: it will show -- in a dynamic, interesting and attractive way -- how important geology is to the history of Canada, as well as highlight many key issues such as earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, floods, a safe and secure water supply, and the health and prosperity of communities. Lively discussion at the Halifax session led to a change from a regional approach to a "time-slice" approach, a revision that will be more challenging, but will make for a more innovative and, we hope, interesting contribution. The proposed outline now consists of 26 chapters in 5 parts: Introduction, Foundations, Impacts, and Final reflections. Most, if not all, chapters will start with an interesting anecdote about an event significant to the chapter: these events may include the Sudbury impact, the Hope Slide, discovery of coal in the Maritimes, the Leduc oil strike, Walcott’s discovery of the Burgess Shale, and others. More than 35 contributors have agreed to be involved in writing the chapters. To help develop the storyline, we (the editors, and also the authors of this abstract) have developed an initial "mock-up" of the book that not only provides an outline for the authors to work with, but also shows some of the photographs, artwork and schematics of the quality that we envisage for the book. We hope that the mock-up will also give other "stakeholders" (managers, potential funders, etc) an idea of the attractive book that we want to produce, and thereby encourage their support.

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