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TitleA pebble identification guide for Nova Scotia
AuthorDafoe, L T; Bates, J; Potter, D P; Grantham, M E
SourceAtlantic Geoscience Society 41st Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, program with abstracts; 2015 p. 16-17
LinksOnline - En ligne
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20150374
PublisherAtlantic Geoscience Society
MeetingAtlantic Geoscience Society 41st Colloquium and Annual General Meeting; Sackville; CA; January 30-31, 2015
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceNova Scotia
NTS11C; 11D; 11E; 11F; 11J; 11K; 11N; 20P; 21A; 21B; 21H
Lat/Long WENS-66.5000 -59.5000 47.2500 43.2500
Subjectsmarine geology; educational geology; shorelines; pebble lithology; beach deposits; beaches
ProgramBaffin Petroleum Systems, GEM2: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals
AbstractNova Scotia's extensive shoreline creates abundant opportunities for studying various aspects of geology. High-energy beaches collect thick deposits of pebble- and cobble-sized material from a variety of sources, resulting in diverse and unique assemblages. Following the lead of pebble guides created in other provinces, an initial pebble identification guide was created in 2012. The goal of this guide is to provide a means of identifying, appreciating and understanding the origin of pebbles found on Nova Scotia beaches. There has been ongoing discussion within the AGS Education Committee to produce a second, refined version of the pebble guide for wider distribution. The audience for this guide would be elementary to high school students and the general public. Over the past few years, the guide has been primarily used as supplementary material for EdGEO courses. For this past year¿s EdGEO course (at the Atlantic Science Teachers Conference) on beaches, the guide was used for a playground pebble identification activity. The pebble guide highlights the three rock types (igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary) and has a range of photographs and simple illustrations. Other interesting finds such as veining, chert, small-scale folding, and man-made objects are also included. The vision for this guide is to be available in paper (ideally free) in a format similar to that of the highly successful Nova Scotia ROCKS brochure, in addition to an online version combined with simple activities.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
Developed as an outreach tool, the Nova Scotia pebble identification guide aims to provide a means of identifying, appreciating and understanding the origin of pebbles found on Nova Scotia beaches. This evolving resource is designed to engage the general public and students in elementary through high school in learning about rock types and sedimentary environments.