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TitleThe story in the rocks of the cliffs of Fundy
AuthorPiper, D J WORCID logo; Pe-Piper, G
Source 2022, 105 pages
LinksOnline - En ligne
Alt SeriesNatural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20220038
Mediapaper; digital; on-line
File formatpdf
ProvinceNova Scotia
NTS11E/05; 11E/06; 21H/07; 21H/08
Lat/Long WENS -65.0000 -63.0000 45.5000 45.2500
Subjectsgeneral geology; Information and Communications; Education and Training; geological history; igneous rocks; sedimentary rocks; faults; Avalon Terrane
Illustrationsschematic representations; photographs; location maps; geological time charts; cross-sections
Released2022 05 24
AbstractThis little book is intended for the visitor to the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark who has at least a smattering of geological knowledge, perhaps from a course in elementary school; a willingness to cope with some technical terminology; and the curiosity to learn more about the story that the rocks in the Geopark can tell the engaged visitor. We have prepared a synopsis of the geological history of the Geopark, and more generally of the Maritime Provinces, as revealed by the rocks in the Geopark. We have tried to explain in simple terms the way in which geologists use evidence preserved in the rocks to draw conclusions about the history of the Geopark, and more broadly to determine how the Earth works. This book is not a systematic guide to the geosites. Rather, it puts the individual geosites into an overall context. Our focus is on rocks in the field, rather than on museum specimens of fossils, which are well presented in several popular books1. For each chapter, end-notes indicated by a superscript2 are provided that amplify particular points and provide references to the scientific literature. Several side boxes provide more detail on particular issues that do not fit well in our overall chronologic approach. We emphasise how geologists read the story preserved in the rocks, and why scientific interpretations change as more evidence becomes available. The Geopark is a place where we can learn how earthquakes happen, what goes on beneath an active volcano, how ores of copper, iron and rare-earth elements form. Why are the highest tides in the world found in the Geopark and what risks do they pose? How does the past record in the rocks inform us about the impacts of global heating and sea level rise? If your curiosity is piqued, then we hope this is the book for you.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
A guidebook to the rocks of the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark. It emphasises how the geological history can be interpreted from the record preserved in rocks. It addresses UNESCO educational priorities of climate change, geohazards and sustainable resource extraction. It is not aimed at the broader general public, but rather at visitors with some limited knowledge of geology.

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