With the AGS executive positions in 1997 going to Nova Scotia geologists,
an era has passed and a new era has begun. For the past several years the
New Brunswick geologists have run an excellent and well organized program
for the AGS. The meeting in Bathurst last year and the current one in Amherst
have been unsurpassed and I offer my congratulations to all who were involved.
I hope we can meet the challenge and do as good a job in the future.
The new executive and council have held their first of many monthly
meetings to plan the direction of the AGS over the next year. It was a
short meeting but many ideas were passed around. First, we hope to hold
a summer field trip and have already had one person volunteer to organize
it. When details are worked out, there will be suitable advertising of
this event. Second, we have struck a committee to look into the details,
terms of reference, etc. of bringing a guest or series of guest speakers
to the Maritimes in the fall or next winter. This committee will be soliciting
suggestions over the next few months, so again, if you have any ideas let
me know. The next executive and council meeting will be April 7th and anyone
is welcome to come and participate or you can pass your suggestions on
to an executive or council member for discussion at the meeting.
By the time you get this newsletter many will be looking forward to
the coming summer, students will be writing exams and looking for jobs
and professional geologists will be dusting out that field gear and choosing
assistants (hopefully the aforementioned students). I wish you all success
in the coming months and take it easy while out there. While walking in
the woods or driving those roads don't forget to smell the flowers, remember,
if you don't mine it you have to grow it.
If you would like to contact me, I reside most of the time in the Earth
Sciences Department at Dalhousie University, phone number 902-494-2364.
Messages can be left with the secretary at 902-494 2358, faxed to 902-494-6889,
or e mailed to Peter.Wallace@dal.ca_. The rest of the time I'm down on
25TH ANNIVERSARY ATLANTIC GEOSCIENCE SOCIETY COLLOQUIUM
The 25th Anniversary AGS Colloquium and Symposium was held in Amherst,
Nova Scotia on February 7-8, 1997. Approximately 150 people attended the
meeting held at the Wandlyn Inn, Amherst. Colloquium Chairperson Susan
Johnson and the organizing committee of Nicole Cormier, Laing Ferguson,
Don Fox, Susan Gower, Dave Lentz, Sharon McKinnon, Mike Parkhill, Brian
Roulston, Scott Swinden and Jim Walker worked hard to ensure everyone had
an informative and enjoyable weekend. Corporate sponsorship from Brunswick
Mining and Smelting Corporation Limited, Noranda Mining and Exploration
Incorporated, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, and Teck Exploration
Limited kept the coffee flowing for the weekend.
AMHERST, NOVA SCOTIA
This year is also the Geological Association of Canada's 50th anniversary
and Alan Morgan kicked off the AGS Colloquium with a few welcoming remarks.
The Colloquium included a Lithogeochemistry Workshop put on by Dave Lentz
and Scott Swinden. Brian Roulston organized a tour of the Potash Corporation
of Saskatchewan's mine in Sussex, New Brunswick. The program was highlighted
by Special Sessions on Current Environmental Research in the Earth Sciences
organized by Don Fox and Recent Mineral Exploration and Development in
Atlantic Canada which included Bruce Ryan's GAC Robinson lecture on the
Voisey's Bay discovery. A total of sixtyone abstracts were submitted, thirty-five
for oral presentation and twentysix for poster presentation. Noranda Mining
and Exploration, in particular Dave Gower are to be commended for establishing
the Noranda Student Award in Economic Geology presented this year and in
future years at the AGS Colloquium. Robin Adair, Les Fyffe, Rob Raeside,
Alan Ruffman and Peter Wallace were kept busy judging a total of 23 fine
student presentations. Tom Al, Bruce Broster, Don Fox, Susan Johnson, Ron
Pickerill, David Piper and Cathy Ryan agreed to chair the sessions. Special
thanks to the Gesner Society at Mount Allison for working the projectors
and helping to set things up.
A special note of appreciation is extended to Graham Williams, for his
amusing talk on the history of the AGS, entitled "Where have 25 years gone"
at the Annual Banquet, where a good time was had by all. Abstracts from
the Colloquium will be published in an upcoming issue of Atlantic Geology.
The AGS Executive and Council for 1997 was elected at the Annual General
Meeting held during Saturday's luncheon. On behalf of the Society, I would
like to thank outgoing members of council Susan Johnson, Malcolm McLeod,
Alan Anderson, Alice Walker, and Jim Walker for a job well done. The President
this year is Peter Wallace from Dalhousie University and the new Vice-President
is Rob Raeside of Acadia University.
EXECUTIVE AND COUNCILLORS
ATLANTIC GEOSCIENCE SOCIETY
If you know of colleagues who did not attend the Annual Meeting in Amherst,
it is time to renew their AGS membership. At $10.00 (professional) and
$5.00 (student) it is still a great deal_. A membership form is included
with the Newsletter. Please make cheques payable to the Atlantic Geoscience
Society and mail to: Ken Howells, 27 John Cross Drive Dartmouth, N.S. B2W
AGS STUDENT AWARDS
The Rupert H. MacNeil Award for the best student paper at the Colloquium
was presented to Jennifer van der Gaag of Dalhousie University for her
talk Characterization of outburst channel sandstones in the Phalen Colliery,
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia_. The high number of student presentations at
this years Colloquium was a key to the success of the weekend. All are
to be commended on the quality of their presentations.
Two other student awards were presented for the first time at this years
Colloquium. The Graham Williams award for the best student poster was given
Sandra Marshall of Acadia University for her poster An investigation of
drumlins in southwestern Nova Scotia: distribution, orientation and mode
of formation_. The executive named this award to honor Graham's tireless
efforts on behalf of the Atlantic Geoscience Society, since its inception
The second new award was established by Noranda Mining and Exploration
Incorporated (Bathurst Office), for the student presenting the best paper
or poster in economic geology (or a related field i.e. geophysics, geochemistry,
etc.) at the AGS Annual Colloquium. The student can be registered in a
B.Sc. M.Sc. or Ph.D. program. The award will consist of a field pack containing
a silva compass, hammer, magnet etc. and a contract summer position with
Noranda, in Atlantic Canada. The award is designed to provide an opportunity
to a deserving student who demonstrates an interest in pursuing a career
in a mineral exploration related field. In future, students should make
it known to the Colloquium Chairman if they want their name removed from
consideration so that the award can be given to a student who can accept
the position. The first Noranda Student Award was presented to Kelly Janssens
for her talk Geochemical changes in the soil profile due to deforestation_.
The intention is to present this award annually to a qualified candidate,
at the Atlantic Geoscience Society's Annual Colloquium.
DR. JOHN MALPAS RECEIVES GESNER MEDAL
The Atlantic Geoscience Society awards the Distinguished Scientist Award
- Gesner Medal to a person who through their own efforts (maps, publications,
memoirs, etc.) has developed and promoted the advancement of an aspect
of geoscience in the Atlantic Region. The contribution of the person should
be of large enough scope to have made an impact beyond the immediate Atlantic
Region. This year's award has been presented to Dr. John G. Malpas formerly
of Memorial University and now working in Hong Kong.
Dr. Malpas is one of the foremost earth scientists in Canada today and
is a recognized world leader in igneous petrology, particularly that of
ancient and modern ocean crust. He is an internationally recognized scientist
who has made many contributions to geoscience in the Atlantic region. He
meets or exceeds all the criteria for this award.
John has devoted more than 20 years to the study of ophiolites in Atlantic
Canada and elsewhere and has completely changed our views on these important
features. His early work on the Bay of Islands ophiolite stands as a classic
in its field. He demonstrated that this body is clearly an uplifted piece
of oceanic lithosphere, not an ultramafic intrusion as earlier thought.
As a result of this work, ophiolites were seen to be produced by plate
tectonic processes and to mark ancient sutures in the earth's crust. John
also elucidated the processes by which ophiolites are emplaced on continental
margins and demonstrated that they must have been formed near their point
of emplacement, a view now widely held. He demonstrated that the crust-mantle
boundary, the Moho discontinuity, is a very complex feature and clearly
showed the difference between the seismic Moho and the petrologic Moho.
John has applied his experience from Newfoundland to ophiolite occurrences
around the world. His expertise allowed him to be among the first to participate
in marine studies and to make comparisons between ophiolites and in situ
ocean crust. His models for oceanic crustal construction, including coeval
magmatism and crustal deformation, are now accepted by the marine geoscience
community worldwide. However, John's interest in Atlantic geology is not
confined to ophiolites. He has also published extensively on volcanic rocks
of the Avalon Zone, on acid/basic plutonism in northeastern Newfoundland,
particularly Fogo Island, and on alkaline intrusions with kimberlite affinities
in Labrador. His publication list contains more than 50 papers and abstracts
related to the regional geology of Atlantic Canada.
The importance of John's contributions has been widely recognized by
the scientific communitiy. In 1989, he received the Past President's Medal
from the Geological Association of Canada, and in 1991, he was appointed
President of the GAC. In the latter position, he was responsible for promoting
the Geosicences in Canada and anticipating the future needs of the community.
In 1992,he was elected a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced
Research. He has held many important committee positions in the scientific
community and has supervised Canadian participation in the International
Ocean Drilling Program for the last 6 years.
John has also been instrumental in training many Atlantic geoscientists,
having supervised more than 30 graduate students at Memorial University.
In recent years, he has also served as the Dean of Graduate Studies at
Memorial and has tirelessly promoted the Atlantic region in Canada and
In summary, John Malpas is a world-renowned geoscientist who made his
reputation through studies in Atlantic Canada. He is an enthusiastic and
dedicated teacher and a leader in the national and international scientific
community. As a commanding figure in science, he is a truly deserving recipient
of the Gesner Medal.
Paul T. Robinson
NORMAN LYTTLE RECEIVES AGS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
This year, the Distinguished Service Award of the Atlantic Geoscience Society
was awarded to Norman Lyttle. This award is given in recognition of exceptional
and altruistic contributions to the Society over a long period of time.
Norman's association with the Society goes back to the early seventies,
when he was at Dalhousie University. He was elected to Council in 1976
as newsletter editor and was instrumental in changing both the size and
format of this venerable publication.
Great things were happening in the geological community of Atlantic
Canada in the late 70s including organizing the GAC/MAC Annual Meeting
for 1980 in Halifax. As a last minute substitute, Norman was brought in
to take charge of publicity for Halifax'80 and he did a superb job.
Moving onwards and upwards, Norman Lyttle took on the most thankless
task under the "old system" by becoming secretary/treasurer of the Society
in 1980. As superman, Norman had to collect the exorbitant annual dues
of $2, as well as keep the minutes for all Council meetings. He became
program chariman in 1983 and in 1984, he became Vice President. Depending
on one's age, the mid eighties were almost as exciting as the late seventies.
The AGS Video Project kicked off in 1984 and Norman foolishly volunteered
to be on the Committee.
Naturally he was soon saddled with the job of treasurer, as well as
being on the technical committee for the first video. "The Mineral Wealth
of Atlantic Canada."
Norman Lyttle also volunteered to serve on the "Basins of Eastern Canada"
committee and surprise-surprise, he became treasurer plus accepting responsibility
for housing. The symposium held in Halifax in 1986, was a resounding success.
Meanwhile in 1985, Norman became President of the Society, and he officiated
at the Colloquium, held at Acadia that year.
After reaching the pinnacle of power, Norman remained active in the
Society, continuing as treasurer of the Video Committee. In his twelve
years in this role, he has handled a total of $500,000 all of which has
been accounted for. The Committee has succeeded in producing four videos
and two video guides, with another two video guides waiting in the wings.
This record is no small part due to Norman's financial wizardry and his
leadership role in drawing up legal contracts for each video.
For his outstanding service, Norman Lyttle is a most worthy recipient
of the AGS Distinguished Service Award.
MINUTES OF THE 172nd AGS EXECUTIVE MEETING
Present: M. Parkhill, S. Johnson, M. McLeod, P. Wallace, R. Wilson,
A. Ruffman, A. Anderson, G. Pe-Piper, L. Ferguson, K. Howells, D. Fox,
B. Broster and I. Spooner. Invited guests: H. Donohoe, D. Gower and G.
WANDLYN INN, AMHERST, NS
FEBRUARY 7, 1997
Minutes of the 171st Executive Meeting were read by M. McLeod. S. Johnson
moved that the minutes be approved as read. Seconded by R. Wilson. Motion
Noranda Mining and Exploration Inc. Award: Shortly before the
Colloquium, D. Gower of Noranda Mining and Exploration Inc., in collaboration
with S. McCutcheon of the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources
and Energy, proposed to establish an award for the best student paper or
poster presentation in economic geology or a related field. The intention
is to present the award annually at the AGS Colloquium. D. Gower was called
upon to give the executive some background on the award and the rationale
behind its establishment.
After some debate, it was agreed that this would be a resounding success
although the precise qualifications for the award should be more clearly
stipulated in subsequent years. It was moved by M. McLeod that the selection
committee, including R. Adair, L. Fyffe, P. Wallace, R. Raeside, A. Ruffman
and D. Gower, proceed as outlined in Noranda's award announcement allowing
for some leniency in the criteria for selection this year. Seconded by
B. Broster. Motion carried.
25th Annual Meeting And Colloquium: It was reported that the
current meeting was proceeding as planned and that it was running smoothly
so far. Unexpectedly, Alan Morgan, Chairman of the GAC's 50th Anniversary
Committee, had to rent a car to attend and speak at the Colloquium. It
was moved by A. Ruffman that the AGS reimburse him for expenses incurred.
Seconded by G. Pe-Piper. Motion carried.
Web Page: D. Fox, Publicity Coordinator for 1997/98, has volunteered
to initiate setting up a Web Page for the AGS free of charge. He envisages
having a variety of information on the page such as the new geoscientists
in the region, product advertising, information about Atlantic Geology,
Colloquium information etc. After it is set up, it would be circulated
to the Executive for comment then go on line (this spring). Maintenance
of the page would be the responsibility of the Publicity Coordinator in
26th Annual General Meeting: Rob Raeside advised the Executive
that Acadia University would be willing to host the next Annual General
Meeting and Colloquium.
Funding Requests: G. Williams submitted a funding request on
behalf of the AGS Education Committee to provide partial funding for teachers
to participate in a field trip, 17-18 May, at Ottawa'97. It was moved by
A. Ruffman that the AGS donate $400.00 towards deferring costs of the trip
for four teachers. Seconded by I. Spooner. Motion carried.
G. Williams was also called upon to give the executive some background
on the Video Committee's monetary assets and on their current project -
The History of Halifax Harbour. The Committee is requesting a grant from
the AGS of $4000.00 to help with the new project. A decision on this request
was deferred to the next meeting pending careful consideration by the AGS
Products Committee (see below).
Awards Committee: M. Parkhill advised the executive that, while
the selection criteria for recipients of certain AGS awards are clear,
the rules regarding procedures of the Awards Committee are not. G. Pe-Piper
moved that a committee be struck, which would be responsible for revising
the bylaws to address this issue. Seconded by A. Ruffman. Motion carried.
The committee will include M. Parkhill, R. Wilson, P. Wallace, G. Pe-Piper
Products Committee: A progress report of the Products Committee
was presented by K. Howells. The importance of this committee was stressed,
especially their involvement in providing advice to the executive for requests
for loans and grants, and their scrutiny of proposals for new products.
It was suggested that written comments regarding the findings of the Products
Committee be forwarded in writing to P. Wallace, President of the Society
for 1997/98. A. Ruffman moved that a standing committee be struck and that
the members have staggered terms of office, for continuity. Further, the
procedures of the Committee should be formulated for presentation at next
year's Annual General Meeting. Seconded by G. Pe-Piper. Motion carried.
Other Business: It was requested by A. Ruffman that the minutes
reflect the Society's appreciation of the executive members from New Brunswick
who, over the past four years, have done an excellent job at the helm of
the AGS. It was moved by G. Pe-Piper that the meeting be adjourned. Seconded
by L. Ferguson. Motion carried.
MINUTES OF THE 1997 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The 1997 Annual General Meeting of the AGS was held at the Wandlyn Inn,
Amherst, on February 8, 1997. M. Parkhill, President of the Atlantic Geoscience
Society, called the meeting to order. Minutes of the 1996 Annual General
Meeting were read by M. McLeod.
Matters Arising From The Minutes: A question was asked by G. Williams
regarding the status of the adoption of the official mineral and gemstone
emblem for Nova Scotia. H. Donohoe responded stating that the proposal
is before the Legislature and is not official as yet. The Nova Scotia Mineral
and Gem Society thanks the AGS for their support.
Annual Report Of The Executive: Copies of the President's Report
were circulated and read by M. Parkhill. In the report, the impressive
accomplishments of the various AGS committees and of Atlantic Geology were
summarized. Details of the Education and Video committees, and of the Products
Committee were further elaborated upon by G. Williams and K. Howells respectively.
It was moved by H. Donohoe that these reports be accepted. Seconded by
D. Piper. Motion carried.
Presentation Of The Financial Report: Copies of the Financial
Report were circulated and summarized by K. Howells. Assets, revenue, expenses
etc. of the Society, including details of the Education and Video committees,
and of Atlantic Geology, were included. After questions regarding assets
of the Society were satisfactorily answered, D. Piper moved that the report
be accepted. Seconded by B. Roulston. Motion carried. Election Of Incoming
Executive And Councillors: A list of candidates for office for 1997/98
was circulated for consideration. J. Calder moved that the list be accepted.
Seconded by H. Donohoe. Motion carried.
Appointment Of Financial Reviewers: H. Donohoe and D. Piper have
volunteered to be financial reviewers for this year. It was moved by G.
Williams that they be accepted. Seconded by J. Calder. Motion carried.
Other Business: M. Parkhill reiterated his comments from the
executive meeting regarding the necessity of revamping the bylaws to more
clearly stipulate procedures of the awards committee in choosing recipients.
A committee has been struck to deal with this issue and they will be reporting
on their findings to the Executive.
P. Mukhopadhyay announced that there will be a joint meeting of the
Society of Organic Petrology and the Canadian Society of Organic and Coal
Petrology to be held on August 31, 1998, in the World Trade and Convention
Centre, Halifax. There will be a prize presented for the best student paper
on environmental work or on topics related to coal and petroleum petrology
at the convention. A field trip to Joggins and workshops are also planned.
Students are asked to keep the convention in mind and, if interested, should
forward submissions to him or John Calder. There will be further announcements
made in the AGS Newsletter.
P. Wallace, on behalf of the society, extended sincere thanks to the
New Brunswick group for bringing the AGS to where it is today through their
hard work and innovative efforts. K. Howells moved that the meeting be
adjourned. Seconded by G. Pe Piper. Motion Carried.
REGISTRATION (LICENSURE) OF GEOSCIENTISTS IN CANADA: A NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Current Status of Registration (Licensure) of Geoscientists in Canada:
Professional registration of geoscientists (albeit as Professional Engineers
in the Mining Division) began in Canada in Alberta with the formation of
the Association of Professional Engineers of Alberta (APEA) in the 1920s.
Geologists, were explicitly identified in the Engineering Act in 1955,
and separate designations (P.Geol. and P.Geoph.) were introduced in 1960.
Today, approximately 5,000 geoscientists are registered (licensed) under
combined engineering and geoscience right-to practice legislation in Alberta,
British Columbia, Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories as Professional
Geoscientists (P.Geo.), Professional Geologists (P.Geol.) or Professional
Geophysicists (P.Geoph.). Saskatchewan will begin registering Professional
Geoscientists under their new Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act
in 1997. Ultimately, approximately 10,000 geoscientists will be registered
in Canada over the next few years as other provinces enact appropriate
The Nova Scotia legislature gave first reading to a bill establishing
the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Nova Scotia
in May, 1996, before adjourning for the summer. Because of difficulties
between engineers and architects in the area of professional practice,
the bill was withdrawn from the fall legislative session and a task force
of engineers and architects is working diligently to overcome the problems.
With an early and successful resolution of the issues, the next window
of opportunity for reintroducing a new act will be at the spring, 1997,
session of the legislature.
In Manitoba, a joint committee of geoscientists and engineers has developed
a new act to create the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
of Manitoba. The result of several years of intense effort on the part
of geoscientists and engineers, it is anticipated that the act will be
introduced into the legislature early in 1997.
Geoscientists in Ontario, who have been working with the Association
of Professional Engineers of Ontario since 1990, have formed the Association
of Geoscientists of Ontario to assist in preparing new legislation for
the registration of geoscientists and engineers. A draft of the new act
could be completed early in 1997 and a final version could be before the
legislature by the end of the year.
In New Brunswick, a motion was passed at the February 1997 Annual General
Meeting of the Association of Professional Engineers of New Brunswick (APENB),
allowing the Association's Legislation Committee to proceed with Act revisions
and by-law changes to incorporate geoscientists into the Association, subject
to a detailed review of the respective scopes of engineering and geoscience
practice. The Legislation Committee will begin negotiations with geoscientists
in the spring of _97, and the proposed changes will be brought to the next
Annual General Meeting of the APENB for ratification.
In Quebec, geoscientists have been seeking registration since 1968,
but the body responsible for registering engineers in Quebec, the Ordre
des ingenieurs du Quebec (OIQ), has consistently rejected joint task force
recommendations for combined registration. In view of the recognized need
to protect the public, the Office des Professions du Quebec recommended
that the Ordre des Geologues Agrees du Quebec (OGAQ) be created under existing
right-to-title legislation. The OGAQ has yet to be proclaimed by the Ministers
in Council despite continuing efforts to encourage the government to proceed.
to act on behalf of and to present the views of its constituent associations
and organizations in matters that are national or international in scope,
including international registration or certification of geoscientists,
and reciprocal practice;
to act in respect of other matters of Canada-wide or international nature
concerning the geoscience professions either alone or together with other
Developments in 1996:
National Coordination - The Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists:
Given the high mobility of geoscientists in the global workplace, a strong
need has been identified for coordination and cooperation among the provincial
and territorial licensing associations. In response to this need, a new
organization, the Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists (CCPG),
is being formed as a federally chartered not-for-profit corporation under
the Canada Business Corporations Act. The CCPG will assist its member professional
associations by providing a national focus for their activities and concerns.
The principal objectives of the CCPG, as listed in the application for
letters patent, will be:
to safeguard and promote the present and future interests of the geoscience
professions in Canada;
to establish and maintain liaison among the provincial and territorial
associations and corporations of professional geoscientists in Canada and
to assist them in:
coordinating, correlating and standardizing their activities, particularly
in the areas of registration of geoscientists, mobility of registered practitioners
and interprovincial practice;
promoting and maintaining high standards in the geoscience professions;
developing effective human resources policies and promoting the professional,
social and economic welfare of the members of the geoscience professions;
promoting a knowledge and appreciation of geoscience and of the geoscience
professions, and enhancing the usefulness of the professions to the public;
promoting the advancement of geoscience and related education;
generally carrying out their various objectives and functions;
Because a significant and rapidly increasing number of its constituent
associations register geoscientists, the Canadian Council of Professional
Engineers (CCPE) supported establishing the CCPG to provide services for
the geoscience professions comparable to what CCPE provides for engineering.
An Implementation Task Force, consisting of geoscientists from all provinces
and territories except Yukon and PEI, was formed by the CCPE in January,
1996, and given a mandate to establish the CCPG within two years.
A business plan has been developed and a budget established, by laws
have been drafted, an application for incorporation has been submitted
and letters patent should be granted by the time this report is published.
The Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists, as distinct from the
Implementation Task Force, will become a reality early in 1997, well before
the mandate of the Task Force expires.
The Task Force budgets for 1996 and 1997, in the amount of approximately
$40,000 per year, equals the annual assessment collected by CCPE from its
constituent associations for their geoscientist members. CCPE has agreed
that the amount of the annual geoscience assessment will be permanently
transferred to CCPG when it becomes operational.
For more information, please contact the writer or any other member
of the Task Force.
|Members of the Task Force:
|Michel Bouchard, Ph.D.
|Terry Hennigar, P.Eng.
|Bob Leech, M.Eng.Sc.
|Hugh Miller, Ph.D., P.Geo.
||(709) 778- 0462
|Philip Reeves, P.Eng.
||(306) 787- 2584
|Carolyn Relf, Ph.D., P.Geol.
|Brian Stimpson, Ph.D., P.Eng.
|Linda Thorstad, P.Geo.
|Gordon Williams, PhD., P.Geol.
|Gordon D. Williams, Ph.D., P.Geol.,
||Chair Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists Implementation
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NEWS FROM ST. MARY'S
We are pleased to announce that the Regional Geochemistry Centre at Saint
Mary's University is once again in operation. We have recently purchased
a new Philips PW2400 x-ray spectrometer, with which we are capable of analyzing
a wide array of both major and trace elements in environmental samples.
We now measure the 10 major elements plus Cl, V, Cr, Zr, Sc, Ba, Nd, La,
Co and Ce on borate fusions. We also measure a suite of trace elements
(Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Rb, Sr, Y, Nb, Sn, Pb, Th and U) on pressed pellets. Our
rates and turnover times are very competitive, and our results are fully
corrected for both matrix effects and machine drift. Please feel free to
contact us if you have any questions.
David E. Slauenwhite
technician: Regional Geochemistry Centre
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
e-mail: SLAUNWH@SHARK.ST MARYS.CA
CALL FOR INFORMATION ON MEGAFAUNA FOSSILS
Further to the completion of the geochronological study of the mastodon
fossils from East Milford, I would like to initiate a broader project to
study and date the megafaunal fossil record of Atlantic Canada.
Published information indicates that a number of teeth of mastodons
and mammoths have been recovered in this region since the mid1800's. I
would like more information on any mastodon/mammoth teeth or bone which
may be currently curated in geology/earth science departments or museums
in NS, NB, and PEI.
I'm interested in the following information: date of discovery; site
of fossil find; geological description of the site; presence of any bone
found along with the tooth; presence of any sediment matrix adhering on/with
the teeth or bones, or curated samples of the sediment matrix; possibility
of returning to the site & collecting some of the sediment matrix (i.e.,
how well is the fossil site really described); whether the fossil has ever
been preserved_ by coating with an organic substance, and if so, what was
it coated with; any other history of the fossil since its discovery; willingness
of the curating authority to have the sample included in a geochronological
study aimed at answering the questions:when did elephantid megafauna exist
in Atlantic Canada? When & why did they become extinct?_. The technique(s)
I am considering at present include radiocarbon dating and electron spin
resonance; both are destructive to a small sample removed from the fossil.
Thanks to all of you who talked to me about this at the last meeting,
and to all who may have information which may be helpful.
Dorothy I. Godfrey-Smith
Dept. of Earth Sciences Dalhousie University
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION OCEAN DRILLING PROGRAM
Scientists can apply to participate in more than one leg of the 1998 Ocean
Drilling Program as shipboard or shorebased participants. Samples can also
be requested. Canada OPD has dedicated funds for four university shipboard
participants from Canada (up to $2000 for travel to/from ports and $1000
for the post-cruise meeting). Application forms for shipboard participation
are available from the Secretariat. They should be filled out and sent
to the Secretariat along with a letter of introduction indicating a specific
Leg and a resume. Graduate student applications should include a letter
from their primary advisors, detailing how participation would fit into
their graduate degree programs.
Contact the Canadian Secretariat if you would like to apply for any
of the 1998 legs and/or you would like further information. Shipboard participant
applications must be received at the Canadian Secretariat by March 24,
Dept. of Geology, Univ. of Toronto
April 16-18, 1997: 10e Congres Annuel de L'association Professionelle
des Geologues et Geophysiciens du Quebec, Hotel Rimouski, Rimouski, QC.
April 27-30, 1997: CIM'97 Vancouver Trade and Convention Center,
May 19 to 21, 1997: Geological Association of Canada-Mineralogical
Association of Canada, Joint Annual Meeting, Ottawa Congress Center, Ottawa,
May 22-25, 1997: CANQUA 97- Canadian Quaternary Association 8th
Biennial Meeting, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Montreal, QC
September 14-18, 1997: Exploration 97 - Fourth Decennial International
Conference on Mineral Exploration, Toronto, ON
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