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THE ATLANTIC GEOSCIENCE SOCIETY
(updated December 2007)
The Atlantic Geoscience
Society (AGS) exists to promote a better and wider understanding of the geology
of Atlantic Canada, both to its members and to the public. Membership is open to
anyone interested and includes professional geologists and geophysicists, students,
prospectors, and lay people. For 2007-2008, the Society has about 200 members
drawn primarily from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, but including some from other
provinces. To encourage active participation, membership fees are kept at a
reasonable figure ($10.00, $5.00 for students) and each year the annual meeting
is moved to a different venue.
by Graham Williams
It is hard to believe that in 1971 there was
no regional society interested in or focused on the geology of the Maritime Provinces.
To rectify this, a letter was circulated to geologists and geophysicists of the three
provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island), asking for an
expression of interest. The encouraging response led to an evening meeting in
Halifax, October 1971, to discuss the viability of a regional group. Several
long-standing members of the community favoured starting a Section of the Geological
Association of Canada, but others proposed the founding of a new and independent
Society. A questionnaire mailed to all interested parties showed overwhelming support
for an independent group, with the most acceptable name (by one vote) being the
Atlantic Geoscience Society.
The Atlantic Geoscience Society came into
existence on 11th April 1972, at a meeting held at the Bedford Institute
of Oceanography, Dartmouth. About 30 members including representatives from the
federal and provincial geological surveys, the regional universities, and industry
attended the natal day ceremonies. The first general meeting was held 31st
May, in the Faculty Club of Dalhousie University. Don Sherwin of the Federal
Government gave a talk on the geology and petroleum potential of offshore eastern
Canada, a topic which would not be out of place today.
At the 31st May meeting, it was
decided to hold monthly meetings throughout the fall, winter and spring months, with
presentations by invited speakers and to publish a regular newsletter. It was also
decided to make the first evening meeting in the fall, usually in September, the
Annual Meeting, with election of officers. And to encourage membership, the annual
dues were set at one dollar, a cost which was not increased for five years. At the
September meeting, Rupert MacNeill of Acadia University was officially installed as
the first president.
Recognition of the importance of the Atlantic
Geoscience Society first occurred on October 1973. At the Geological Association of
Canada's Council Meeting in Kingston, AGS officially became an Affiliated or
Associated Society of GAC. In the following January, AGS consolidated its position
by holding its first Colloquium, "The Geological Evolution of the Atlantic Seaboard
of Canada", in Fredericton (19-20 January). Despite taking place in the middle
of a major snow storm, his very successful two day meeting attracted over 150 people,
from the Maritime Provinces, Newfoundland and Ontario.
The response to the Fredericton meeting led
to the organizing of the second Colloquium, "Natural Resources of Atlantic
Canada", held at Acadia University, Wolfville, in January 1976. Again, despite
the inclement weather, there was an excellent turnout with about 200 in attendance.
By great good fortune, the Society had hit on a time of year when it had a captive
audience, since where else can one interested in the geosciences go at this time
of year in the Maritimes. Coupled with the enthusiastic response was an increase
in membership to about 175.
1976 was a particularly good year for the
Atlantic Geoscience Society since the Geological and Mineralogical Associations of
Canada accepted the Society's offer to hold their 1980 Annual Meeting in Halifax.
The chairman of the Steering Committee for this meeting called Halifax '80, was
John Smith, Deputy Minister of Mines for Nova Scotia. And, AGS held its second
major meeting of the year on Saturday, 11th December, at Mount Allison
University. The one day Colloquium, "Current Research in the Maritimes",
attracted over 70 participants, with 44 speakers. The registration, in keeping
with AGS policy, was $2.00.
The only year since 1976 that the Society has
not held a Colloquium or Symposium was in 1977. The Society was not resting on its
laurels, however, since it initiated a project to produce a geological highway map
of the Atlantic or Maritime provinces, primarily intended for the general public but
also to be finished in time for the Halifax '80 meeting. Another milestone
occurred on Thursday, 13th October, when AGS hosted an executive meeting
of the Canadian Geoscience Council, the umbrella organization for all Canadian
In 1978, AGS renewed its annual meetings with
a major symposium 20-21 January in Fredericton, where 140 gathered to discuss "
Provincialism". At the accompanying banquet, the Society started the practice
of inviting the president of either the Geological Association of Canada or the
Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists to be guest speaker. This practice was
allowed to lapse in 2002. The year was also marked by the decision to produce a
geological highway map, but to cover only Nova Scotia initially.
A draft version of the Nova Scotia geological
highway map was displayed at the 1979 Biennial Colloquium, "Current Research in
the Atlantic Provinces", on 19-20th January in Amherst. The map was
developed jointly with the Nova Scotia Department of Mines and Energy and the Nova
Scotia Museum. It marked the first of several endeavours that AGS undertook in
partnership with other organizations. In the fall, AGS helped organize a fun day
for children at the Nova Scotia Museum, where one of the most popular activities
was panning for gold. The festivities were part of Logan Day celebrations, a day
named in honour of the first Director of the Geological Survey of Canada.
Activities took place across Canada, from St John's to Victoria.
Halifax '80, the Annual Meeting of the
Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada, 19-21 May, was the most important
function of the AGS in its first decade. Over 1100 people attended this enormously
successful gathering. There were several highlights, one of which had to be the
official publication of "The Geological Highway Map of Nova Scotia". This
superb production is not simply a map. It also tells the story of the geological
history of the province, numbers and describes 92 sites and highlights eight key areas,
such as Joggins. The map has been a major success, a revised version being published
in 1990 and a repackaged version in 1994. A third edition was published in 2005.
On 28th September 1980, the AGS
again celebrated Logan Day, now christened National Geoscience Day, by hosting "
A Day of Geology" at the Nova Scotia Museum. The main objective was to inform
the public, especially children, about geology through demonstrations of rocks and
minerals, fossils, films, gem polishing and contests. The highlight was a field
trip to a once famous gold-producing area.
The 80s were times of major accomplishments
for the Atlantic Geoscience Society. One of the first was the Earth Science Teachers'
Workshop, 5-7 November 1982. This Workshop, held at Bedford Institute in Dartmouth,
focused on the coastal and offshore geology of eastern Canada and informed the
teachers of some of the latest developments. It was one of the first focused
outreach activities of the Society.
The response to the Nova Scotia Geological
Highway Map motivated the decision in 1983 to produce one for New Brunswick and
Prince Edward Island. Another factor was the decision by the Society to throw its
support behind the Department of Geology of UNB, which was organizing the 1985
Annual Meeting of the Geological and Mineralogical Societies of Canada, to be held
in Fredericton. At about the same time, Phil Hill proposed that AGS produce a
series of videos under the title "The Geology of Atlantic Canada". The
idea was to produce educational videos for use in high schools and of interest to
the general public.
1984 was memorable, not only because of
George Orwell, but because at the AGS Annual Meeting in Amherst, 20-21 January, the
Rupert MacNeill award for best student paper was presented for the first time. The
winner was Allan Huard, who gave an excellent talk on the Carboniferous Fisset
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A milestone at the 1985 Annual Meeting in
Wolfville, 18-19th January, was the premier viewing of the promotional
rock video. The video was produced to generate funding for the Society's proposed
video series. The four videos to be produced were: "The Mineral Wealth of
Atlantic Canada", "The Appalachian Story", "Offshore Oil and Natural
Gas", and "The Recent Ice Age". During the year, the Atlantic Geoscience
Society became an Affiliated Society of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Society.
This was the stamp of approval for an ongoing informal liaison that over the years
had proved extremely fruitful.
The 1985 Annual Meeting in Fredericton of
the Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada went off without a hitch,
as did the launching of the New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island Geological
Highway Map: the latter was produced through the generosity of the New Brunswick
Department of Natural Resources. One major breakthrough was the publication of
both French language and English language editions.
Following the tragic deaths of two young
geologists, crushed when a ditch collapsed in 1984, the AGS organized an evening
seminar and panel discussion for 25th September 1985. The topic, "Occupational
Safety in the Geosciences", was a timely reminder of the risks inherent in
geological field work and in mining.
As an informally run Society, AGS has
compiled an impressive record. On 9th April 1986, AGS became the proud
parent of its own journal "Maritime Sediments and Atlantic Geology",
subsequently shortened to "Atlantic Geology". This is the only regional
geology journal in Canada and has a history of continuing production dating back
to 1965, when Bernie Pelletier started publishing "Maritime Sediments".
In 1986, the Society hosted the Basins Symposium, "Basins of Eastern
Canada and Worldwide Analogues", held in Halifax, 13-15 August. Cosponsors
were the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the Inter-Union Commission
on the Lithosphere. Registrants came from all over the world for the intensive
technical sessions and excellent social program. One impressive offshoot of this
Symposium was the CSPG Memoir 12-AGS Special Publication 5, "Sedimentary
Basins and Basin-Forming Mechanisms", published in 1987. This 527 page
compendium quickly became a classic.
The 1987 Annual Meeting, held in Fredericton,
6-7 February, featured the introduction of workshops. The two workshops were "
Metamorphism in Basic-Ultrabasic Complexes" and, "Maturation Studies and
Petroleum Geology". The response to these guaranteed the continuing presence of
workshops on the program for all future Annual Meetings.
While the above major developments were
taking place, production of the first video in the Geology of Atlantic Canada
series began under the direction of Bill Skerrett. The video, "The Mineral
Wealth of Atlantic Canada" was released 16th September 1987, when
it was shown at a Society evening meeting. In 1986, a major oil company had
provided funding for a second video, "The Appalachian Story". The premier
of this production was at the AGS Symposium in Antigonish, 6th
The educational value of the first two
videos provided impetus for the production of the remaining two. "The Recent
Ice Age" premiered Wednesday, 11th April 1990 at the Archives of
Nova Scotia to a select audience. "Offshore Oil and Gas" had a more
impressive send off at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax,
Wednesday, 4th November 1992. This, the last in the series, also featured Jay
Ingram as narrator.
It was quickly realized that the impact
of the video series could be enhanced by production of video guides for teachers,
so plans were set in motion to write and publish these as quickly as possible.
The three published are "The Appalachian Story", "The Recent Ice
Age", and "Offshore Oil and Natural Gas".
The videos have reached a wide audience,
duplication rights being sold to many Departments of Education, including the
Provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and British Columbia.
There have also been a surprising number of sales to university departments
throughout North America, several regional school boards, and libraries. The
video guides have also developed a loyal following.
Not having learned from past experience
how traumatic it was, AGS Council agreed in 1987 to host the 1992 Annual Meeting
of the Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada, to be held in Wolfville,
25-27 May 1992. As with Halifax '80 and Fredericton '85, Wolfville
'92 was an impressive meeting. It differed, however, in having a strong
outreach program, including a teachers' workshop with accompanying field trip.
Bringing the 1980s to a close was the first
presentation of the AGS Distinguished Service Award. The recipient, Laing Ferguson,
received the honour at the 1989 Annual Colloquium, 3-4th February,
fittingly held in Amherst.
The retrenchment in the economy in the late
80s and early 90s had a major impact on the Atlantic Geoscience Society. Memberships
lapsed and attendance at the Annual Meetings declined but there always remained a
committed cadre. This was demonstrated at the 1993 Annual Meeting in Halifax,
12-13th February, when about 175 registrants braved a fierce storm
(rain surprisingly) to attend. A notable event at this meeting was the awarding
of the Gesner Medal to Les Fyffe, the first recipient. The Medal, designed by
Gordon Fader, is awarded to a person who has, through his or her own efforts,
developed and promoted the advancement of geoscience in the Atlantic Region in
any field of geology, and whose contributions are of such significance that they
have made an impact outside our area.
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A milestone in the nineties was the official
recognition of the Society's outreach program, by formation of the Education
Committee. During its existence, this Committee has fostered several new
initiatives, including bringing the EdGEO teachers workshops to Nova Scotia.
EdGEO is a committee of interested Canadian geologists, which organizes Workshops
for elementary and high school teachers in most of the provinces. Funding for these
Workshops is provided by the geological community, primarily the Canadian Geoscience
Council and its member societies. The first Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, "The
Earth Sciences: New Resources for Teachers", was held in Halifax-Dartmouth,
22-23 August 1994. The format adopted and maintained for several Workshops, was a
Monday morning classroom session, Monday afternoon field trip, Monday evening banquet
and talk, and Tuesday morning classroom session, concluding with a summation. The
teachers' reactions to the Workshop were surprising. They were enthusiastic,
especially about some of the resource material handed out, and liked the two day
format. However, the neglect of earth science in the curriculum was reflected by
several requests to run a workshop, "Introduction to Geology". Other
suggestions were for more field trips and for field trip guides.
The response to the first Teachers Workshops
led to the decision to make it an annual event and to move location, so that
teachers from other parts of the province could attend and each field trip would be
different. Subsequently, Workshops have been held in Sydney (1995), Wolfville (1996),
Bridgewater (1997), Truro (1998), Parrsboro (1999), Antigonish (2000), Parrsboro
(2001), Digby (2002), Parrsboro (2003), Dartmouth (2004), Halifax and Parrsboro (2005),
Dartmouth (2006) and Wolfville (2007). The presenters at the fifteen EdGEO Workshops
have all been geologists, who volunteered their time because they believe that they can
help to make teaching earth science a lot more fun. And the support of others, in
helping with the logistics, has been tremendous.
1996 marked the introduction of field trips
to the Annual Colloquium as AGS held its first meeting in Bathurst, New Brunswick.
Twenty five people took part in a tour of the Brunswick No. 12 Mine. Many of the
180 registrants enjoyed taking the train to avoid a long drive. A workshop on
Exploration Geophysics was also held.
In 1997, the Atlantic Geoscience Society
celebrated its Silver Jubilee at the Annual Meeting in Amherst, Nova Scotia, on
7-8 February, 1997. One of the highlights was initiation of the Graham Williams
Award for Best Poster Presentation by a student. The first recipient was Sandra
Marshall of Acadia University. It also marked the introduction of the Noranda
Award, initiated by Dave Gower of Noranda Mining Inc., for the best Economic
Geology presentation by a student. Kelly Janssens from UNB was the first winner.
1998 marked the publication of "
Discovering Rocks, Minerals and Fossils in Atlantic Canada", a superb guide
to some of the best geological sites in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia
and Prince Edward Island. The impact of this publication is reflected in the
sales, and the speed at which the first printing sold out. This is not surprising
since it is of interest to professional geologists, teachers, students and the
1998 marked the
publication of "Discovering Rocks, Minerals and Fossils in Atlantic Canada
", a superb guide to some of the best geological sites in Newfoundland, New
Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The impact of this publication
is reflected in the sales, and the speed at which the first printing sold out.
This is not surprising since it is of interest to professional geologists,
teachers, students and the general public.
The birth of the AGS-Photographic Guild of
Nova Scotia Geology and Photography Competition occurred in 2000. Each year,
the winning photograph is selected from several entries submitted by members
of the Photographic Guild. To encourage participation, AGS organizes an annual
field trip, which usually attracts about 20 photographers, to one of the
classic geological sites in Nova Scotia. Venues have included Five Islands
(2002), Joggins (2003) and East Bay and Wasson Bluff (2004), Five Islands (2005)
and Blue Beach (2006). There was no field trip in 2007. A second trophy, The
Last Billion Years Award, was introduced in 2005. The winner must be a
photograph of somewhere in the Maritime Provinces. The photographs chosen as
the winners are available to AGS for use in publications and in displays.
A new look in outreach products was first
mooted at the 1995 Annual Meeting in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. There, it was
proposed that there should be a popular book on the geology of the Maritime
Provinces, written so that high school students or lay people would find it
interesting and informative. This developed into "The Last Billion Years:
a Geological History of the Maritime Provinces of Canada", which is a 212
page volume. The book is beautifully illustrated, with some original water-colour
paintings, photographs, line drawings, dioramas, schematics and geological maps,
most in full colour. Production of "The Last Billion Years" has truly
been a regional endeavour, with contributions from the Geological Survey
of Canada, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, New Brunswick Department
of Natural Resources, Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board and most
"The Last Billion Years", co-published
by the Society and Nimbus Publishing, became available for purchase on 10th
July 2001. The first print run was for 2100 copies. The success of the book was
confirmed when it became out of print in five weeks. After discussions with Nimbus,
it was agreed to reprint 2000 copies. The reprinted version was released in early
November (5th). This was sold out in January 2002, necessitating
a third printing of 3000 in February 2002, with a fourth printing of 2000 in 2003.
At the end of 2007, sales stood at about 8000.
In 2003, AGS held its first joint meeting
with the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America. This was held
27th-29th March in the Westin Hotel, Halifax. The attendance
was impressive, with over 650 geologists and friends from various parts of Canada
and the USA braving the unpredictable "spring" weather. One of the most
popular events was the education session, "Communicating the Relevance of Earth
Science", held on the Saturday. At this, many of the talks were hands-on
demonstrations, a great hit with the 42 teachers and several geologists who
The AGS poster, "The Evolving
Maritimes" was on sale for the first time at the above meeting. The centerpiece
of the poster is the cover painting from "The Last Billion Years". The
comprehensive text describes, in English and French, the evolution of the Earth and
of our region's animals and plants over time.
A disappointment of recent years was the
demise of the AGS evening talk series. These were held, primarily in Halifax,
for about twenty years but as time passed the audience became too few to justify
continuing. Several Society members banded together in 2001 and decided to try
again but with a different slant. The first year, 2001-2002, featured speakers
who had authored chapters in the book "The Last Billion Years". Talks were
aimed at a general audience rather than focusing on a specialized topic. And the
series would be a joint production of the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural Science
and the Society, with the talks held on the third Wednesday evening of each month
at the Museum.
The series, "The Last Billion Years"
opened in September 2001. Because of its success, the series was reborn in
2002-2003 as "Beyond the Last Billion Years" and has continued to thrive.
The talks draw spectacular turnouts, with crowds averaging over 100 for
the second season. The third season had one or two bumps resulting from hurricane
Juan but proved just as popular. For 2004, there was a new slant. Complimentary
copies of the poster, "The Evolving Maritimes" were handed out to draw
winners at the beginning of each talk. Another slant was the awarding of
copies of "The Last Billion Years" ” to those who attended all the talks
in the 2003-2004 year. This was continued in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006. But it was
discontinued in 2007, when the talk series moved to Bedford Institute for a year.
The biggest surprise is that very few geologists attend the talks, but we are
hoping to change this in future years. Obviously, the Museum and Society are
filling a need to attract such impressive numbers.
In 2004, AGS published "Nova Scotia
Rocks". This brochure includes over 40 stunning photographs of geological
highlights, with a brief accompanying write-up. The photographs are attractively
displayed around a geological map of the province on which the sites are
pinpointed. Museums and companies with a geological bent are featured on the
obverse side of the brochure, with a highway map showing location of the operation
according to the provincial trail. Thirty seven thousand copies of the brochure
thanks to generous funding from the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture
and Heritage. In July 2004, the Department mailed 10,000 copies to individual
tourist offices for free distribution. Apparently, the brochures are proving
very popular, selling (a play on words) out several times at the Halifax Airport
Producing such publications as "The
Last Billion Years" and "Nova Scotia Rocks" has given the Education
Committee an added appreciation of the importance of visuals, whether paintings,
photographs or schematics. This awareness has played a major role in the Fundy
Basin Poster project, which started in 2003. One of the products was a series
of water colours by Judi Pennanen, the artist who did 15 paintings for "The
Last Billion Years". The five water colours show landscapes in Wolfville,
Blomidon, North Mountain Basalt, and McCoy Brook times, plus a spectacular scene
starring prosauropods. Visually, all five are stunning. The intent is to use
the paintings, which are on display at the Fundy Geological Museum, as the
focus of a booklet on the Mesozoic history of the Fundy Basin.
The Society had four important
milestones in 2005. The first was organizing Halifax 2005, a joint meeting of
the Geological Association of Canada, the Mineralogical Association of Canada,
the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the Canadian Society of Soil
Science. Although the weather was not too cooperative, the meeting was highly
successful, judging by the impressive turnout, the excellent technical and
field trip programs, and the entertaining social events.
Publication of the third edition of
the Nova Scotia Geological Highway Map was the second significant
accomplishment in 2005. The map has been considerably enhanced with
upgraded graphics, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing product. Sales
have been as impressive as the previous two editions.
The first New Brunswick EdGEO
teachers' workshop was a third milestone in 2005, organized by Dave Lentz
and the New Brunswick EdGEO branch.
A fourth milestone with potentially
major implications was acceptance as a participant in CRYSTAL. This research
program, under the leadership of the University of New Brunswick's
Department of Education, was to evaluate the success in teaching science in
schools throughout the Maritime Provinces. One of the evaluations will be
focused on the achievements of outreach programs, such as the EdGEO Workshops
and the various other products that AGS has produced. The National Science
and Engineering Research Council, which is funding CRYSTAL, will provide one
million dollars over five years.
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An important accomplishment of the
Society has been the development of EarthNet (http://www.earthnet-geonet.ca/). EarthNet is a database of
earth science resources that are useful to elementary and high school teachers.
Other features are: "Classroom Activities" which teachers can download
at no cost; an illustrated "Glossary of Terms", a "Calendar of Events"
that informs users of events in their part of Canada; "Geology in the Classroom
", a Q & A section where previously answered questions are also posted;
"Earth Science Site of the Week" where a new science site is featured
every week, "Exploring the Dynamic Earth", where animation and video
will supplement illustrations photographs and text and the Virtual Field Trip,
which takes you to one of the spectacular sections in Nova Scotia (and eventually
throughout Canada). The project, initiated by AGS was adopted as a project by
the Canadian Geoscience Education Network, the premier organization of geologists
devoted to advancing outreach activities in Canada. EarthNet has also been
supported by the Geological Survey of Canada.
EarthNet was revitalized in 2004, through
a renewed interest by the Geological Survey of Canada in updating the site. This
rising from the ashes included the formation of a National EarthNet Committee and
a Development Committee. The latter operates out of GSC (Atlantic) and includes
a high proportion of AGS members. The database has been redesigned and updated
with some major improvements, especially in the Glossary, The Virtual Field Trip,
and the Resources sections. Son of EarthNet, the revised version, was released
After the very (financially) successful
Halifax 2005 meeting, the host society's share of the profits materialized
in the bank in 2006, and the first third was promptly allocated to the major
task of digitizing the entire run of Atlantic Geology. The last printed edition
of the journal was volume 42 - all subsequent issues have been electronic.
In April 2006, after a hiatus of over
15 years, the video committee released another video "Halifax Harbour: A
Geological Journey". The video tells the story of this famous harbour,
from formation of the Meguma Group to the present day, and looks into the future
with predictions on sea-level rise. The video was produced by Charlie Doucet of
MoonGlow Digital Video Productions Ltd., the scientific director was Gordon
Fader, and narration is by George Jordan.
As society changes, the Atlantic Geoscience
Society has to adjust. Its primary mandate remains the dissemination of
geoscientific knowledge and information, primarily through the Annual Meetings
where there are usually more than 50 oral and poster presentations, and its
research journal, Atlantic Geology. However, there is an increasing awareness
of the importance of outreach activities and the need to play a role in the
education of elementary and high school students, teachers and the general public.
Based on its past accomplishments and present goals, the Atlantic Geoscience
Society will continue to play a vital role in the dissemination of earth science
knowledge in the Maritime Provinces, whether at the professional or lay person's
level. That's not a bad record for a group of volunteers, largely funded by
the geological community.
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The objectives of the Atlantic Geoscience
Society are to: further the dissemination of earth science research in the
geological community of Atlantic Canada; organize symposia, colloquia, workshops,
field trips, and annual and evening meetings, focused on research in the earth
sciences in Atlantic Canada; publish the journal "Atlantic Geology", to
foster communication within the earth sciences; publish Special Papers on selected
topics of interest, as and when needed; encourage the interchange of geoscientific
data between government, academia and industry; develop outreach programs to
promote an interest in and understanding of the earth sciences; run workshops for
elementary and high school teachers to facilitate the teaching of earth science
in the Maritime Provinces; periodically publish outreach material, books, maps,
tapes, DVDs or websites.
The Atlantic Geoscience Society intends
to: continue holding Annual Meetings at different towns and cities in the
Maritimes, with the focus on selected research topics in the earth sciences; run
evening meetings as and when required; publish three issues of Atlantic Geology
each year; promote and develop outreach programs; provide funding on an ad hoc
basis for selected research and outreach programs; publish special papers;
continue the EdGEO workshop program; continue upgrading EarthNet; and be an
annual exhibitor at the Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show.
Present activities include: holding
regular Council meetings; organizing and running annual meetings; publishing
Atlantic Geology, the only regional geoscience journal in Canada; producing four
issues of the AGS Newsletter annually; accepting nominations for the Gesner Medal
and the Distinguished Service Award, which are awarded at the annual meetings of
the Society; regular meetings of the Education Committee, both the Nova Scotia
and New Brunswick branches (teachers are represented on this committee); regular
meetings of the Nova Scotia EdGEO Committee (includes several teachers); regular
meetings of the AGS Video Committee; hosting annual Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshops,
each year in a different location; maintaining the database EarthNet.
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Programs include: the annual meeting and accompanying workshop and/or field trip; the
EdGEO Workshops; Atlantic Geology; EarthNet.
The geological community: including geologists in government, academia, and industry;
consultants, prospectors, and amateurs; university students; elementary and high school teachers;
elementary and high school students; and the general public.
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and to a lesser extent, Newfoundland & Labrador.
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- 1973. The Society became the first and the only affiliated society of
the Geological Association of Canada.
- 1974. The first AGS Colloquium, "The geological evolution of the
Atlantic Seaboard of Canada", Fredericton, 19th-20th
- 1976. The first meeting with the theme, "Current Research in the
Maritime Provinces", Mount Allison University, 11th December.
- 1977. AGS hosted a meeting of the Canadian Geoscience Council, 13
- 1977. The Society became an affiliated society of the Canadian Society
of Petroleum Geologists.
- 1980. Published the "Geological Highway Map of Nova Scotia".
AGS Special Publication no.1.
- 1980. Organized and ran the Annual Meeting of the Geological and
Mineralogical Associations of
- 1981. AGS Council agreed that the Society should be associated with
Maritime Sediments and Atlantic Geology in an informal way.
- 1985. AGS formally adopted Maritime Sediments and Atlantic Geology as
the official journal of the Society.
- 1985. Published the "Geological Highway Map of New Brunswick and
Prince Edward Island". AGS Special Publication no.2.
- 1985. Published "Carte Routière Géologique du Nouveau-
Brunswick et d'Isle du Prince Edouard". AGS Special Publication
- 1985. Published "Occupational Safety in the Geosciences" (Program
with papers, from seminar, 25th September 1985). AGS Special
- 1985. Published through CSPG, "Lexicon of Canadian Stratigraphy,
Volume VI, Atlantic Region".
- 1986. Commenced responsibility for publication of Atlantic Geology,
which consists of three issues per volume/year.
- 1986. Organized and ran the Symposium, "Basins of Eastern Canada
and Worldwide Analogs".
- 1986. Published "Field Trip of Carboniferous-Jurassic Sedimentation
and Tectonics: Minas, Cumberland, and Moncton Basins, Nova Scotia and New
Brunswick". AGS Special Publication no.4.
- 1987. Released the educational video "Mineral Wealth of Atlantic
Canada", 26 minutes. AGS Special Publication no.7.
- 1987. "Sedimentary Basins and Basin-Forming Mechanisms". Editors,
C. Beaumont and A. Tankard, 527p. AGS Special Publication no.5.
- 1988. Released the educational video, "The Appalachian Story",
50 minutes. AGS Special Publication no.8.
- 1989. Published the second edition of "Geological Highway Map of
Nova Scotia". AGS Special Publication no.1.
- 1990. Released the educational video, "The Recent Ice Age". AGS
Special Publication no.9.
- 1991. "A Guide to the Geology, Landscapes and Mineral Resources of
Nova Scotia". AGS Special Publication no.6.
- 1992. Organized and ran the Annual Meeting of the Geological and
Mineralogical Associations of Canada.
- 1992. Released the educational video, "Offshore Oil and Natural
Gas". AGS Special Publication no.10.
- 1992. Published "The Appalachian Story Video Guide". AGS Special
- 1993. Published "Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Video Guide". AGS
Special Publication no.12.
- 1994. Ran First Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Halifax-Dartmouth, 22-23 August.
- 1994. Started development of the web site EarthNet.
- 1995. Ran Second Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Sydney, 21-22 August.
- 1996. Published "The Recent Ice Age Video Guide". AGS Special
Publication no. 13.
- 1996. Ran Third Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Wolfville, 19-20 August.
- 1997. Ran Fourth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Bridgewater, 18-19 August.
- 1998. Published "Discovering Rocks, Minerals and Fossils in Atlantic
Canada". AGS Special Publication no.14.
- 1998. Ran Fifth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Truro, 17-18 August.
- 1999. Ran Sixth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Parrsboro, 23-24 August.
- 2000. Ran Seventh Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Antigonish, 21-22 August.
- 2001. Published "The Last Billion Years: a Geological History of the
Maritime Provinces of Canada". AGS Special Publication no. 15. First
printing July 2001, second printing November 2001, third printing February 2002.
- 2001. Ran Eighth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Parrsboro, 20-21 August.
- 2002. Ran Ninth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Digby, 19-20 August.
- 2003. Published the poster, "The Evolving Maritimes" on 15th March
- 2003. Ran the Tenth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Parrsboro, 25-26 March.
- 2004. Published the brochure, "Nova Scotia Rocks", 18th
June 2004, AGS Special Publication no.21.
- 2004. Ran the Eleventh Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, BIO, Dartmouth, 23
- 2005. Organized and ran the 2005 Joint Meeting of the Geological Association
of Canada, the Mineralogical Association of Canada, and the Canadian Society
of Petroleum Geologists, Halifax, 16th-18th May.
- 2005. Published the "Geological Highway Map of Nova Scotia", third edition.
- 2005. Ran the Twelfth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Halifax, 14th May.
- 2005. Ran the Thirteenth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Parrsboro, 15th-17th August.
- 2006. Released the education video, "Halifax Harbour: A Geological Journey".
- 2006. Ran the Fourteenth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Dartmouth, 16th-17th August.
- 2007. Ran the Fifteenth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Wolfville, 21st-22nd August.
- 2008. Ran the Sixteenth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Dartmouth, 20th-21st August.
- 2009. Ran the Seventeenth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, Parrsboro, 17th-18th August.
- 2010. Ran the Eighteenth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, "Where is the geology in our environment?", Dartmouth,
17 th-18th August.
- 2011. Ran the Nineteenth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, "What does the landscape have to do with geology?",
Dartmouth, 24 th-25th August.
- 2012. Ran the Twentieth Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop, "Oceans: Modern and ancient", Dartmouth, 22 nd
Operating Reports and Financial Statements.
Forwarded separately to the society at their Annual General Meetings.
List of AGS Directors, Including Their Affiliations.
These are listed separately elsewhere and updated every year. Visit that web page at:
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National, Provincial and Local Affiliations
- Member, Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences
- Affiliated Society of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists
- Affiliated Society of the Geological Association of Canada
- Affiliated Americian Association of Petroleum Geologists
- Representation on the Canadian Geoscience Education Network
Rupert MacNeill Award for Best Undergraduate Student Paper
- 1984. Allan A. Huard, St. Francis Xavier University, for the paper, Huard,
A. and Teng, H.C. "A study of the Fisset Brook Formation at Lake
Ainslie, western Cape Breton Island".
- 1985. David Carter, University of New Brunswick, for the paper "
Lithostratigraphy of the Late Devonian-Early Carboniferous Horton Group
of the Moncton Subbasin".
- 1986. Dwaynne Beattie, Dalhousie University, for the paper, "Gravity
modelling of a mafic, ultramafic association, Darvel Bay, East Sabah,
- 1987. Alison Steele, Acadia University. "Petrography and geochemistry of
the gabbronorite 1 subzone, Stillwater Intrusion: a lunar analog study".
- 1988. Wayne McNeil, Acadia University, for the paper (with N. Van Wagoner),
"Stratigraphy and physical volcanology of the eastern portion of the
Devonian volcanic belt of Passamaquoddy Bay, southwestern New Brunswick".
- 1989. Catherine Farrow, Acadia University, for the paper "Magmatic
epidote and high-aluminum hornblende-bearing diorites and tonalites of the
southeastern Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia".
- 1990. Robert MacNaughton, University of New Brunswick, for the paper
"Ichnology of the Triassic Lepreau Formation, southern New Brunswick".
- 1991. Chris Beaumont-Smith, University of New Brunswick, for the paper (with
Paul Williams), "Textural development in experimental shear zones using
- 1992. David Keighley, University of New Brunswick, for the paper (with
R.K. Pickerill), "Strangely preserved flutes and grooves from the
fluvial Port Hood Formation, (Carboniferous) of western Cape Breton Island,
- 1993. Marcus Tate, Dalhousie University, for the paper (with Barrie Clarke),
"Weekend dykes, a suite of Late Devonian spessartite lamrophyres in
the Meguma Zone of Nova Scotia".
- 1994. Jodie E. Smith, McMaster University, for the paper (with M.J. Risk,
A. Ruffman and P. Mudie, "A new archive: Late Quaternary climatic
reconstruction using the deepwater coral Desmophyllum cristagalli"
- 1995. Ellen Tobey, Dalhousie University, for the paper (with Megan McConnell,
Paul E, Schenk and Peter H. Von Bitter), "Carbonate microbial mounds,
mineralized vents, periplatformal oozes and slump domes in Macumber
equivalents, eastern Cape Breton".
- 1995. Tammy Allen, Dalhousie University, for her paper, "A study of
carbonate rocks from the Late Visean to Namurian Mabou Group, Cape Breton
Island, Nova Scotia".
- 1995. Marcus Tate, Dalhousie University, for the paper (with D.B. Clarke
and M.A. MacDonald), "Late Devonian mafic-felsic magmatism in the
- 1996. Vanessa Gale, Dalhousie University, for the paper, "Paleotectonic
setting and petrogenesis of the Takla Group volcano-sedimentary assemblage,
north-central British Columbia".
- 1997. Jennifer van der Gaag, Dalhousie University, for the paper, "
Characterization of outburst channel sandstones in the Phalen Colliery,
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia".
- 1998. Mark Deptuck, Saint Mary's University, for the paper, "
Characterization and interpretation of Late Cretaceous to Eocene erosional
features and associated submarine fan deposits in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin,
- 1999. Krista Page, Dalhousie University, for the paper (with Anne Marie)
O'Beirne-Ryan, "Uranium, radium, and radon in streams and domestic
well waters: a GIS analysis of geological, geochemical, and geophysical
- 2000. Michael Young, Dalhousie University, for the paper, "Minor folds
and their relationship to regional fold evolution, central Meguma Terrane,
- 2001. Michelle DeWolfe, Saint Mary's University, for the paper, "
Petrological evidence for extensive liquid immiscibility in the Jurassic
North Mountain Basalt, Nova Scotia".
- 2002. David Risk, Saint Francis Xavier University, for the paper, "
Physical processes controlling soil respiration: results from four sites
in eastern Nova Scotia", co-authored with Lisa Kellman and Hugo Beltrami.
- 2003. No award because of joint meeting with GSA, northereastern section.
- 2004. Christopher Hamilton, Dalhousie University, for the paper, "
Ice-contact volcanism in southwest Iceland: analysis of hyaloclastic flow
deposits using remote sensing, stratigraphy, and geochemistry".
- 2005. Nigel Selig, Dendrochronology Lab, Department of Geography, Mount
Allison University, for the paper, "A history mystery: dendroarchaeological
investigations at the Campbell Carriage Factory", co-authored by A.
Robichaud and C.P. Laroque.
- 2006. Adam Layman, Dalhousie University, for the paper, "Preliminary
investigations of Nb in melt-fluid systems using in situ X-ray
- 2007. Marc Laflamme, Queen's University, for the paper (with Guy Narbonne),
"Tiering in Ediacaran fronds from Mistaken Point, Newfoundland".
- 2008. Chris Yakymchuk, Dalhousie University (with Mary Sanborn-Barrie, Joyia
Chakungal and Rebecca Jamieson): Petrology and tectonic significance of coronitic
mafic granulites, Southampton Island, Nunavut.
- 2009. Darren LeFort, St. Mary's University (with Georgia Pe-Piper and
David Piper): "Petrology of the mafic trigger of the Kos Plateau Tuff
super-eruption, 0.16 Ma, Greece."
- 2010. Matt Stimson, St. Mary's University (with Andrew MacRae): "Evidence
of fossil horseshoe crabs at Joggins: Paleoichnology and paleoenvironmental
- 2011. Jessica Wilson, Dalhousie University (with R. Boric, J. Diaz and M Zentilli):
"Geochemistry of the igneous rocks associated with the MMH porphyry copper
deposit, Chuquicamata District, Chile."
- 2012. Mark Higgins, Dalhousie University (with M. Young, R. Cox, D. MacDonald and A. Flemming):
"Placer gold provenance in the Black Hills Creek watershed, west-central Yukon:
exploration strategies from grain morphology and geochemical analysis."
- 2013. (Tie) Evan Slater, Dalhousie University (with M. Zentilli, and J. Hanley):
"Geochemical and fluid inclusion study of a suite of samples from Busang, Kalimantan, Indonesia."
Dawn Tobey, Dalhousie University (with G. Wach): "High resolution sequence stratigraphy of the Banquereau
Formation, Offshore Nova Scotia."
- 2014. Ben Misiuk, Acadia University (with Drake Tymstra, Ian Spooner, and Chris White): "A comparative
study of anthropogenic impact on dimictic lakes in Halifax regional Municipality, Nova Scotia: Implications for
restoration and management."
- 2015. Emmaline Atherton, Dalhousie University (with Djordje Grujic): "Seismic strain and the state of stress in the crust of the Himalaya"
Rob Raeside Award for Best Undergraduate Student Poster
- 2014. Jennifer Archibald, Victoria DesJardins, Laura-Ann Broom, Jeff Minichiello, & Anne Marie
Ryan, Dalhousie University: "Heavy metal concentrations in residential soils within the Halifax
Peninsula, Nova Scotia: A pilot study".
- 2015. Kriselle Dias, Dalhousie University (with Alison Leitch): "Laboratory modelling of magma mingling.".
Sandra Barr Award for Best Graduate Oral Presentation
- 2008. Samantha Jones, University of Calgary (with Alan Hildebrand): "Acoustic
velocity and elastic moduli profiles and corresponding fracture density and
orientation patterns in artificially shocked granite: preliminary results."
- 2009. Jamie Braid (with J.B. Murphy, J.K. Mortensen and C. Quesada), St. Francis
Xavier University: "U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology of the South Portuguese
Zone (Southern Iberia): linkages to Avalonia and Meguma".
- 2010. Casey O'Laughlin, St. Mary's University Department of Geography (with Danika
n Proosdij): " Spring-neap sediment dynamics within a macro-tidal salt marsh
tidal creek: preliminary findings".
- 2011. Ravinder Pannu, University of Saskatchewan and Acadia University (with Nelson
O'Driscoll, S. Siciliano, J. Dalziel and A. Rencz): "A laboratory method for
the quantification of mercury and GHG volatilization from soils".
- 2012. Zabrina Prescott, Dalhousie University (with M. Stimson, L. Dafoe, M. Gibling and
A. MacRae): "A microbial mat and associated trace fossil assemblage at Coal Mine
Point, Nova Scotia: paleoenvironmental significance and evidence of a previously
- 2013. Mitchell Kerr, St. Mary's University (with J.J. Hanley): "Preliminary evaluation of trace
hydrocarbon speciation and abundance by bulk GC analysis of fluid inclusion volatiles as an exploration
tool for footwall-style sulfide ore associated with the Sudbury Igneous Complex, Ontario, Canada".
- 2014. Justin Drummond, Acadia University (with Peir Pufahl, Claudio Porto and Mariana Carvalho):
"Neoproterozoic peritidal phosphorite, Sete Lagoas Formation, Brazil: Implications for the Precambrian
- 2015. Sharane Simon, Dalhousie University( with Martin Gibling): "Sedimentology and taphonomy of the plant bearing beds of the Colwell Creek Pond site
in the Early Permian Clear Fork Group of north-central Texas.".
Graham Williams Award for Best Student Poster
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- 1997. Sandra Marshall, Acadia University, for the poster (with Ian S. Spooner)
"An investigation of drumlins in southwestern Nova Scotia: distribution,
orientation and mode of formation."
- 1998. Nicole A. Quickert, Dalhousie University, for the poster (with Dorothy I.
Godfrey-Smith, Joanna L. Casey and Alicia Hawkins), "Optically and
thermally stimulated luminescence dating of Birimi, a multi-component
archaeological site in Ghana, Africa."
- 1999. Loretta Ransom, St. Francis Xavier University, for the poster (with
B. Murphy and D.J. Kontak), "Occurrence of microgarnets coring plagioclase
crystals in granodiorite of the South Mountain Batholith, Nova Scotia."
- 2000. Christie Dyble, Acadia University, for the poster, "A high
resolution stratigraphic and petrological investigation of the Braeburn
Member, Charlie Lake Formation, Peace River Arch, northwestern Alberta:
- 2001. Martin Ethier, Acadia University, for the poster, "Reinterpretation
of the geology of the Cape Breton Highlands using remote sensing and
- 2002. David Moynihan, Dalhousie University, for the poster, "Metamorphism
and structure of the White Rock Formation in the Yarmouth area, Nova
Scotia, co-authored with Chris White and Rebecca Jamieson."
- 2003. No award because of joint meeting with GSA, northestern section
- 2004. Shawna Weir Murphy, Saint Mary's University, for the poster,
34;Cretaceous rocks of Orpheus Graben, offshore Nova Scotia."
- 2005. Tansy O'Conner-Parsons, Department of Geology, Acadia University
for the poster, "Downhole trace and major chronostratigraphic patterns
relating to igneous fractionation processes in the Golden Mile Dolerite,
Western Australia", co-authored with C.R. Stanley
- 2006. Brent Lennox, Acadia University for the poster, "Post-glacial
climate change and its effect on the thermal structure and habitat in
a shallow dimictic lake, Nova Scotia, Canada"
- 2007. Helen Neilson, Dalhousie University for the poster (John Gosse),
"Landform evolution in the south central Andes: determining the
major mechanisms of formation of the great escarpment between 32 and 38
degrees south, Argentina"
- 2008. Kieran McDonald, Acadia University (with David Piper and Ian Spooner):
A Holocene sedimentary record of the Labrador Current.
- 2009. Tamara Moss (with Cliff Stanley), Acadia University, "
Lithogeochemistry of the Quebrada Blanca porphyry copper deposit,
Atacama Desert, northern Chile".
- 2010. Harun Alrashid Mohamad Idris, Acadia University (with Cliff Stanley):
"Anomalous Zn concentrations in the West Barneys River Intrusion,
Antigonish Highlands, Nova Scotia".
- 2011. (Joint Winners)
Jacob Hansen, University of Maine at Farmington, (with D Reusch):
"Imbricated Seboomook Group, Bald Mountain, west-central Maine: tectonic,
slump, or mixed origin?".
Annina Margreth, Dalhousie University (with John Gosse and A.S. Dyke): "Testing
the concept of altitudinal weathering zones on Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin
Island, using terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide (TCN) exposure dating".
- 2012. Janice Allen, Dalhousie University (with Chris Beaumont):
"Impact of inconsistent density scaling on physical analogue models of margin
scale salt tectonics".
- 2013. Lea Braschi et al., Dalhousie University: "Pliocene landscape and environmental
evolution in the Canadian Arctic: when was the Beaufort Formation incised? ".
- 2014. Lea Braschi, Dalhousie University (with Thomas Lakeman, Natalia Rybczynski, Guang
Yang, and John Gosse): "Development and collapse of the Pliocene western Canadian
Arctic coastal plain".
- 2015. Dewey Dunnington, Acidia University (with Chris White, Ian Spooner, Hilary White, Nelson O'Driscoll and Nic McLellan): "A 10,000 year record of
environmental change at Long Lake, Cumberland Marshes Region, Nova Scotia - New Brunswick border region, Canada.".
Noranda Award for Best Student Presentation in Economic Geology
- 1997. Kelly Janssens, University of New Brunswick, for the paper (with Tom A. Al), "Geochemical changes in the
soil profile due to deforestation."
- 1998. Lorne C. Jennex, St. Francis Xavier University, for the paper (with J.B. Murphy and A.J. Anderson), "
Geological and geophysical investigation of the western St. Mary's Basin, central Mainland Nova Scotia:
implications for paleoplacer potential."
- 1999. Geoff Allaby, University of New Brunswick, for the paper (with B.E. Broster and A.G. Pronk), "Late
Wisconsinan glacial movement in the Petitcodiac map area, southeastern New Brunswick."
- 2000. Ian DeWolfe, Acadia University, for the poster, "Structural and geometrical analysis of saddle reef folds
at the mesothermal gold deposit, Port Dufferin, Halifax County, Nova Scotia: implications for future exploration and
- 2001. Lawrence Mireku, Acadia University, for the paper, "Geology, geochemistry and hydrothermal alteration
of the Lower AB Zone, Halfmile Lake North volcanic hosted massive sulphide deposit, Bathurst, New Brunswick."
- 2002. Noranda decided to terminate award because of reduced activity in the Maritimes.
- 1993. Les Fyffe, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy
- 1994. Art Ruitenberg, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy
- 1995. Sandra Barr, Acadia University
- 1996. Ron Pickerill, University of New Brunswick
- 1997. John Malpas, Memorial University
- 1998. Paul Schenk, Dalhousie University
- 1999. No award
- 2000. David Piper, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic)
- 2001. Brendan Murphy, St. Francis Xavier University
- 2002. Martin Gibling, Dalhousie University
- 2003. Georgia Pe-Piper, Saint Mary's University
- 2004. Al Grant, GSC (Atlantic)
- 2005. John Calder, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
- 2006. Barrie Clarke, Dalhousie University
- 2007. Jarda Dostal, St. Mary's University
- 2008. Steven McCutcheon, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources, Bathurst
- 2009. John Waldron, University of Alberta
- 2010. Randy Miller, New Brunswick Musseum
- 2011. Dan Kontak, Laurentian University
- 2012. J. Duncan Keppie, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
- 2013. Chris White, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
- 2014. Cees van Staal, Geological Survey of Canada - Vancouver
- 2015. Marcos Zentilli, Dalhousie University
Laing Ferguson - Distinguished Service Award
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- 1989. Laing Ferguson, Mount Allison University, termed the Special Service Award at the meeting.
- 1990. Howard Donohoe, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.
- 1991. Aubrey Fricker, Atlantic Geoscience Centre.
- 1992. No award.
- 1993. Graham Williams, Atlantic Geoscience Centre.
- 1994. Ken Howells, Nova Scotia Research Foundation.
- 1995. Brendan Murphy, St. Francis Xavier University.
- 1996. No award.
- 1997. Norman Lyttle, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.
- 1998. No award.
- 1999. No award.
- 2000. Peter Wallace, Dalhousie University.
- 2001. Mike Parkhill, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources, Bathurst.
- 2002. Rob Fensome and Graham Williams, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic).
- 2003. Bob Grantham, Johnson GEO CENTRE.
- 2004. Jennifer Bates, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic).
- 2005. Ron Pickerill, University of New Brunswick.
- 2006. Sandra Barr, Acadia University.
- 2007. Sue Johnson, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources, Sussex.
- 2008. Reg Wilson, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources, Bathurst.
- 2009. Nelly Koziel, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic).
- 2010. Rob Raeside, Acadia University.
- 2011. No Award
- 2012. No Award
- 2013. Eldon George and Don Reid.
- 2014. Ian Spooner, Acadia University.
- 2015. Jim Walker, New Brunswick Department of Energy and Mines.
AGS - sponsored competitions within the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia
- 2000. Keith Vaughan, Zebriski Point
- 2001. Keith Vaughan, Delicate Arch in winter
- 2002. John William Webb, moving rocks Death Valley
- 2003. Wayne Garland, North Mountain Basalt and Blomidon Formation, Five Islands Provincial Park.
- 2004. Philip Giles, Stromatolites in Shark Bay, Western Australia.
- 2005. Philip Giles, Lowell Glacier
- 2006. Keith Vaughan, Hickman Arch
- 2007. Elio Dolente, Noel Shore
- 2008. John William Webb, Gliding rock, Death Valley
- 2009. Laszlo Podor, Lava and Ocean
- 2010. Viki Gaul, Bryce after sunrise
- 2011. Laszlo Podor, Kalapana Gradens
- 2012. Nick Honig, Slot Canyon
- 2013. Esther Terriault, Montmorency Falls area
- 2014. Viki Gaul, Racetrack Rock
- 2015. Viki Gaul, Bryce in morning light
The Last Billion Years Award
- 2004. John William Webb, Walton Cliffs
- 2005. Wayne Garland, Economy Cliffs I
- 2006. Wayne Garland, Economy Cliffs II
- 2007. Elio Dolente, Noel Shore
- 2008. Wayne Garland, Economy
- 2009. Ken Renton, Feltzen rock layers
- 2010. Keith Vaughan, stepping stones
- 2011. Teunis Obdam, Blue rock
- 2012. Colin Campbell, Bramber sill
- 2013. Darryl Robertson, Glacial granite
- 2014. Mervyn Kumar-Misir, Break away
- 2015. Ken Renton, Basalt cliffs, Brier Island
Life Time Membership
- 1989. Laing Ferguson - deceased 2013, Mount Allison University
- 2008. Graham Williams
- 2012. Ken Howells
- 1990. South Mountain Batholith, leaders: Michael MacDonald, ?
- 1990. Cobequid Highlands, leaders Howard Donohoe and Gary Yeo.
- 1991. Southern New Brunswick Avalon Terrane and Grand Manan Island, August, leaders Adrian Park and Dick Grant
- 1992. The Cobequids, Nova Scotia, October 3-5, leaders Georgia Pe-Piper and David Piper
- 1994. Tancook Island, John Waldron
- 1996. In conjunction with Colloquium, tour of Brunswick No. 12 Mine and Mill, leaders Bill Luff and Dave Lentz
- 1997. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan's Mine at Sussex, New Brunswick, Brian Roulston
- 1997. Yarmouth and Shelburne Counties, Rob Raeside and Ralph Stea
- 1998. Visit to Nova Scotia College of Geographic Sciences, Lawrencetown, Tim Webster
- 1998. Joggins/Parrsboro, John Calder
- 2004. In conjunction with Colloquium: Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan's Mine, Sussex, NB, Brian Roulston.
- 2004. Volcanology of Northern New Brunswick - Silurian- and Devonian-Aged Chaleurs and Dalhousie Groups, 1-3 October, Reg Wilson
- 2004. In conjunction with Colloquium: Visit to Nova Scotia College of Geographic Sciences, Lawrencetown, Tim Webster.
- 2009. In conjunction with Colloquium: Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan's Mine, Sussex, NB, Brian Roulston.
- 2011. In conjunction with Colloquium: Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan's Mine, Sussex, NB, Brian Roulston.
- 2013. In conjunction with NS Gem and Mineral Show: Parrsboro shore: leader John Calder
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- 1987. John Spray, Metamorphism in basic-ultrabasic complexes
- 1987. APICS Workshop, organized by Graham Williams, Maturation studies and petroleum geology.
- 1990. Martin Gibling and David Piper, Recent developments in facies models.
- 1991. Edward Sampson and Howard Donohoe, APICS Workshop on Communications
- 1993. Louis Cabri, Mineralogy and extractive metallurgy of precious-metal mineralization
- 1994. No Record
- 1995. Mike Parkhill and Graham Williams, The teaching of geoscience in the schools.
- 1996. Mel Best, Pierre Keating and Mike Thomas, Exploration Geophysics Workshop I and II.
- I. Gravity and magnetic prospecting for massive sulphide deposits.
- II. Electromagnetic prospecting for massive sulphide deposits.
- 1997. David Lentz and Scott Swinden, An introduction to practical lithogeochemistry.
- 1998. Peter Reynolds, Dorothy Godfrey-Smith and Keith Taylor, Quaternary geochronology: a workshop on the
theory and application of luminescence, fission track and argon dating methods.
- 1999. Howard Donohoe, Geoscience Software for the Professional Teacher and Student.
- 2000. Tom Al. Low Temperature Aqueous Geochemical Modelling with Applications primarily from Environmental Geosciences.
- 2004. Alan Anderson, Instrumental Development and Application of the Ion Microprobe.
- 2005. Jennifer Bates and Randy Miller, Geo-communication: getting your message across to peers and public.
- 2006. Michael Robertson (Acadia Physics Dept), Dan MacDonald (ACMA) and Peir Pufahl (Acadia Geology Dept), Cathodoluminescence
techniques at the Acadia Centre for Microstructural Analysis.
- 2007. Ryan Toole and David Lentz, A review of physical Volcanology: a metallogenic perspective (UNB SEG_CIM Student Chapter Workshop)
- 2007. Terry A. Goodwin, Rita Mroz, and Toon Pronk, North American Soil Geochemical Landscape Project - Maritimes soils project workshop
- 2009. Pierre Jutras and John Waldron, Rationalization of the Mississippian stratigraphy of the Maritimes Basin through inter-regional
correlations and nomenclatural debate.
- 2011. Chris McFarlane, Applications of Laser Ablation to Problems in Mineral Exploration and Ore Petrogenesis.
- 2011. no Record
- 2013. Jacob Hanley and Dan Kontak, The application of fluid inclusions to Geology
- 2013. Ross Clark (AAPG), "Oil and Gas exploration principles in Mature Basins"
- 2014. Evan Bianco, Agile Geoscience, "Computer programming for Geoscientists using Python"
- 1974. John Smith, Nova Scotia Department of Mines
- 1976. Charlie Smith, Energy, Mines and Resources, Canada
- 1978. Roger Macqueen, Geological Survey of Canada
- 1979. No Record
- 1980. No Banquet
- 1981. Nean Allman, "The Role of Women in the Mining Industry Throughout History".
- 1982. Ray Price, Director, Geological Survey of Canada
- 1983. Hugh Morris, "Federalism, Provincialism and Separatism".
- 1984. Chris Barnes, Memorial University, "Greater Cooperation and Better
Communications between Industry and Academia".
- 1985. John Maher, Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, "Geo-economics
and Politics from an Oil Finder's Point of View".
- 1986. Alan Coope, "Geological Free Trade".
- 1987. Bill May, Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, "Employment
Prospects for Geologists in the Current Economic Climate".
- 1988. -
- 1989. Graham Williams, "The AGS - Past and Present".
- 1990. Dirk Templeman Kluit, Geological Survey of Canada, "Geologists and the Environment".
- 1991. Jim Franklin, Geological Survey of Canada, "Seafloor Hydrothermal
Systems and Massive Sulphide Deposits".
- 1993. Jack Garnett, Consultant, "Turning 21".
- 1994. Frank Blackwood, Newfoundland Department of Mines and Energy
- 1995. Alan Ruffman, Geomarine Associates, "Earthquakes and tsunamis
of eastern Canada: cause for concern?"
- 1996. Emlyn Koster, Ontario Science Centre, "Prospectives on the Why?
How? And When? In the Public Awareness of Science".
- 1997. Graham Williams, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic), "A Serious History of the AGS".
- 1998. Godfrey Nowlan, Geological Survey of Canada (Calgary), "Public Perception of Science".
- 1999. Mike MacDonald, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, "Adventures in Mongolia".
- 2000. Ian Hutcheon, President of the Canadian Society of Petroleum
Geologists, "CO2 emissions and hydrocarbons: a geochemist's perspective".
- 2001. Scott Swinden, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources,
"Geoscience in a dot.com world - living in a time of change".
- 2002. Gordon Fader, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic), "
Multibeam bathymetry: a revolution in marine geology".
- 2003. Steve Blasco, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic(, "Diving to the Titanic"
- 2004. Djordie Drujic, Dalhousie University, "Journeys in the Kingdom of
the Flying Dragon: Mountains, people and geology of the Bhutan Himalaya".
- 2005. Joe Kelly, "Landslides and eroding glacial bluffs: a problem common
to New England and the Maritime Provinces".
- 2006. David Mosher (GSC-Atlantic), "To the Heart of the Tsunami: the Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami
Offshore Survey (SEATOS - Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami Offshore Survey)".
- 2007. David Piper, GSC (Atlantic), "Apprenticeship in Geology: A Second Look".
- 2008. Dr. Godfrey Nowlan, GSC (Calgary), "Earth to Canadians:
Communicating Earth Science in the International Year of Planet Earth".
- 2009. John Spray, UNB: "Deep Impact and the Phoenix Effect".
- 2010. Daniel Lebel, Environment Canada (Atlantic Region) and GAC President: "Canadian Geoscience: Charting New
Territory in the 21st Century".
- 2011. Jim Franklin: "Future Mineral Resources Discoveries: New Knowledge Needed for Discovery".
- 2012. Bob Grantham: "Adventures in Geoscience Interpretation".
- 2013. Grant Wach: "Burning Rocks: The History of the Petroleum Industry in Canada and the Maritimes.".
- 2014. Sandra Barr, Acadia University: "Fifty years of Atlantic Geology.".
- 2015. Jenna Boon, Executive Director, Joggins Fossil Centre (speaker cancelled by snowstorm - presentation by Jeff
Ollerhead on Alex Colville mural and history of Mt Allison University substituted).
AGS Presidents 1972-2016
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- 1972-1973. Rupert McNeill, Acadia University
- 1973-1974. Michael Keen, Dalhousie University
- 1974-1975. Nick Rast, University of New Brunswick
- 1975-1976. John Smith, Nova Scotia Department of Mines and Energy
- 1976-1977. David Piper, Dalhousie University
- 1977-1978. Graham Williams, Atlantic Geoscience Centre, Bedford Institute
- 1978-1979. Sandra Barr, Acadia University
- 1979-1980. Howard Donohoe, Nova Scotia Department of Mines and Energy
- 1980-1982. Alisdair MacKay, Nova Scotia Research Foundation
- 1982-1983. Laing Ferguson, Mount Allison University
- 1983-1984. Ken Howells, Nova Scotia Research Foundation
- 1984-1985. Chris Beaumont, Dalhousie University
- 1985-1986. Norman Lyttle, Nova Sotia Department of Mines and Energy
- 1986-1987. Aubrey Fricker, Atlantic Geoscience Centre, Bedford Institute
- 1987-1988. Nancy Van Wagoner, Acadia University
- 1988-1989. Pat Ryall, Dalhousie University
- 1989-1990. Brendan Murphy, Saint Francis Xavier University
- 1990-1991. John Waldron, Saint Mary's University
- 1991-1992. David Mossman, Mount Allison University
- 1992-1993. Dan Kontak, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
- 1993-1994. Les Fyffe, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy
- 1994-1995. Brian Raulston, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
- 1995-1996. Susan Johnson, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources
- 1996-1997. Mike Parkhill, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources
- 1997-1998. Peter Wallace, Dalhousie University
- 1998-1999. Rob Raeside, Acadia University
- 1999-2000. Chris White, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
- 2000-2001. Mike MacDonald, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resource
- 2001-2002. Tom Martel, Corridor Resources Inc.
- 2002-2003. Jennifer Bates, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic)
- 2003-2004. Reg Wilson, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources
- 2004-2005. Joe White, University of New Brunswick
- 2005-2006. David Keighley, University of New Brunswick
- 2006-2007. Ian Spooner, Acadia University
- 2007-2008. Michael Parsons, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic)
- 2008-2009. David Mosher, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic)
- 2009-2010. Grant Ferguson, Saint Francis Xavier University
- 2010-2011. Grant Ferguson, Saint Francis Xavier University
- 2011-2012. Jim Walker, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources
- 2012-2013. Elisabeth Kosters, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
- 2013-2014. Grant Wach, Dalhousie University
- 2014-2015. Cliff Stanley, Acadia University
- 2015-2016. John Calder, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.
AGS Annual Meetings, variously called Colloquia and Symposia
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- 1974. Symposium, Natural Resources of the Maritimes, Wandlyn Inn, Fredericton, 19-20 January
- 1976. Colloquium, Natural Resources of Atlantic Canada, Wolfville, Acadia University, Wolfville, 23-24 January
- 1976. One Day Colloquium, Current Research in the Maritimes, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, 11 Dec. Geolog, v.6, pt.1.
- 1978. Second Biennial Symposium, Keddy's Motor Inn, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 20-21 January. Geolog, v.7, pt.2.
- 1979. Third Biennial Colloquium, Current Research in the Maritimes, Wandlyn Inn, Amherst, Nova Scotia, 19-20 Jan. Geolog, v.8, pt.1.
- 1980. First Special Symposium, Lowere Paleozoic Rocks of the Atlantic Region, Wandlyn Inn, Amherst, Nova Scotia, 19 Jan. Geolog, v.9, pt.2.
- 1981. Symposium, Mineral and Energy Resources of Atlantic Canada, Keddy's Motor Inn, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 23-24 Jan. Geolog, v.10, pt.2.
- 1982. Colloquium, Current Research in the Maritimes, Wandlyn Inn, Amherst, Nova Scotia, Geolog, v.11, pt.2.
- 1983. Symposium, The History, Development and Economic Potential of Sedimentary Basins in Eastern and Offshore Canada, Keddy's
Motor Inn, Fredericton, 28-29 Jan. Geolog, v.12, pt.2
- 1984. Colloquium, Current Research in the Atlantic Provinces, Wandlyn Inn, Amherst, Nova Scotia, 21-22 January. Geolog, v.13, pt.2.
- 1985. Biennial Symposium, Tectonic Models for the Evolution of the Appalachian Region, Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, 18-19 Jan, Geolog, v.14, pt.2.
- 1986. Biennial Colloquium, Current Research in the Atlantic Provinces, Wandlyn Inn, Amherst, Nova Scotia. 17-18 Jan. Geolog, v.15, pt.3.
- 1987. Symposium and Workshops, Howard Johnson Motor Lodge, Fredericton, 6-7 Feb. Geolog, v.16, pt.2.
- 1988 Biennial Colloquium, Best Western Claymore Inn, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. 5-6 Feb. Maritime Sediments and Atlantic Geology, v.24, no.2.
- 1989. Colloquium, Wandlyn Inn, Amherst, Nova Scotia, 3-4 February, Atlantic Geology, vol.25, no.2. Geolog, v.18, pt.2.
- 1990. Symposium, New Age Determinations in the Atlantic Provinces; Colloquium, Current Research in the Atlantic Provinces, Old
Orchard Inn, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. 8-9 Feb. Geolog, v.19, pt.2.
- 1991. Colloquium, Current Research in the Atlantic Provinces, Wandlyn Inn, Amherst, 8-9 Feb. Geolog, v.20, pt.2.
- 1992. Symposium, Devono-Carboniferous Magmatism, Deformation, Metamorphism, and Related Mineralization in the Atlantic Provinces: Colloquium,
Current Research in the Atlantic Provinces, Fredericton Inn, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 31 Jan - 1 Feb. Atlantic Geology, v.28, no.2.
- 1993. Annual Colloquium and Symposia, Citadel Inn, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 12-13 Feb. Geolog, v.22, pt.3.
- 1994 Colloquium, Current Research in the Atlantic Provinces, Wandlyn Inn, Amherst, Nova Scotia, 4-5 Feb.
- 1995. Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Best Western Claymore Inn, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 3-4 Feb. Geolog, v.24, pt.1
- 1996. Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Keddy's Le Chateau Bathurst, Bathurst, New Brunswick, 2-3 Feb. Geolog, v.25. pt.2.
- 1997. 25th Anniversary Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Current Research in the Atlantic Provinces, Wandlyn Inn, Amherst, 7-8 Feb.
- 1998. Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Current Research in the Atlantic Provinces, Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, 6-7 Feb.
- 1999. Annual General Meeting and Colloquium, Wandlyn Inn, Amherst, Nova Scotia, 5-6 Feb.
- 2000. Annual General Meeting and Colloquium, Fredericton Inn, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 10-12th February, 2000; joint meeting with The
Environmental Earth Sciences Division (EESD) of the Geological Association of Canada, Current Environmental Research and Foci for the Next Century
- 2001. Nineteenth Annual Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Delta Beausejour Hotel, Moncton, 9-10th February. AGS Newsletter, v.30, no.2.
- 2002. Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Greenway Claymore Inn, Antigonish, 8-9th February.
- 2003. AGS/Northeastern Section Geological Society of America, Joint Meeting, Westin Hotel, Halifax, 27-29 March.
- 2004. AGS Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Hotel Beausejour, Moncton, 30th-31st January, AGS Newsletter, v.33, no.2
- 2005. AGS Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Saint John Trade and Convention Centre and Hilton Hotel, Saint John, New Brunswick, 4th-5
th February. AGS Newsletter , v.34, no.2
- 2006. AGS Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, 3rd-4th February.
- 2007. AGS Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Hotel Beausejour, Moncton, New Brunswick, 2nd-3rd February.
- 2008. AGS Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Holiday Inn Harbourview, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 1st-2nd February.
- 2009. AGS Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Hotel Beausejour, Moncton, New Brunswick, 6th-8th February.
- 2010. AGS Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, 5th-6th February.
- 2011. AGS Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Fredericton Inn, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 11th - 12th February.
- 2012. AGS Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Hotel Beausejour, Moncton, New Brunswick, 3rd-5th February.
- 2013. AGS Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Holiday Inn Harbourview, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 1st-2nd February.
- 2014. AGS Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, 7th-8th February.
- 2015. AGS Colloquium and Annual General Meeting, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, 30th-31st January.
Last updated by Joe Mac.. January 08, 2016