New publication supported by CGF

palcan-35-figs-11-12Palaeontographica Canadiana No. 35 is the first of three volumes supported by CGF Grant 15-5 ($15K total, $5K for each volume).

This volume describes upper Cambrian trilobites from a number of localities near Cranbrook in southeastern British Columbia. A total of 59 species in 31 genera are illustrated including 22 new species and 5 new genera. The trilobites, many preserved as articulated exoskeletons, are pictured in the 84 plates. In addition to taxonomic description, a number of biostratigraphic biozones are recognized. Comparisons to other faunas shows that these faunas are similar to faunas from South China and Korea, which suggests geographic proximity between that region and Laurentia during the late Cambrian.


petrasapPetraSapiens is a small organization founded in 2006 whose purpose is to promote Earth, Planetary, and Environmental Sciences to kids and the general population. Its main activities are lectures and workshops on topics such as dinosaurs, the evolution of life, the evolution of Man, the mineral world, the planets of the solar system, the planet Mars, climate change, waste characterization, recycling, etc.
During our 10 years of activity, they have now given about 1350 presentations to about 35000 people in numerous schools and science festivals all over the Quebec province from Montreal to as far as Lac St. Jean, Fermont and Schefferville. For the 2014-2015 season, 136 activities were given to 3420 students in 54 schools. For the 2015-2016 season, it is 114 activities that were given to 2756 students in
40 schools.

In 2014, PetraSapiens obtained a grant from the Canadian Geological Foundation, which allowed them to purchase or prepare and print the following materials:
The Evolution of Life and The Evolution of Man
– Ardipithecus skull replica with stand.
Dinosaurs!, Fossilization, The Evolution of Life, The Evolution of Man, The Mineral World, and The Geomap of Quebec
– 125 plastic name tags. They are used to identify fossils, rocks, minerals, and meteorites.
– Identification sheets and questionnaires.

Southern Yukon Geological Highway Map

yukonmapThe 2016 Whitehorse GAC-MAC Local Organizing Committee, with the assistance of a grant from CGF, recently published the Southern Yukon Geological Highway Map. This double-sided geology map is being prepared to promote public interest in the geology of Yukon. The map will be distributed to local schools, communities and First Nations and be available for Yukon residents and tourists interested in exploring and learning about the fascinating geology of the territory.map2
The map will also be made available for free download on the Yukon Geological Survey’s website and poster versions will be distributed to schools for display in classrooms. Copies of the map will also be distributed to southern Yukon communities and First Nations.
This map will serve as an educational resource for those interested in the geology of southern Yukon. There will be a wide audience for this publication ranging from Yukon students, general public, First Nations and visitors to the territory. This map will serve as an inviting introduction to the complex and interesting geology of southern Yukon as viewed from the highways.

Quartermain Earth Science Centre: Outreach Program

In May of 2014 the Quartermain Earth Science Centre and Department of Earth Sciences at UNB approved the addition of a new exhibit inside the Quartermain museum. The World of Minerals Exhibit includes two interactive series of displays exploring 1) mineral properties and 2) optical mineralogy. The first part of the exhibit (mineral properties) was opened to the public in September 2015. Located just inside the Quartermain Museum, visitors see a stunning mural behind a series of interactive displays embedded on a custom designed cabinet with a colourful textured surface and several interactive displays showing each mineral property. Inside the cabinet are numerous drawers with hands-on mobile games that compliment the tabletop displays. Side display cases show beautiful specimens from the silicate, non-silicate, non-silicate ore and radioactive groups of minerals.

The Quartermain Museum celebrated the completion of the first half of the World of Minerals exhibits by September 10th with a “ribbon-cutting” soft launch on September 18th, 2015. After a short welcome and opening speech greatly thanking CGF and those involved with the design and building of the displays, students, faculty and staff enjoyed interacting with the new addition to the museum. Comments such as “very interactive”, “a fantastic fresh new addition to the museum”, and “this will help me learn – can’t wait to see more!” were well received.
Since the launch just under 600 students (~60 educators) and over 500 visitors have interacted with the new display. In general younger students are attracted to the “Am I a Mineral”, “Other Properties” and “Specific Gravity” tabletop displays as well as the mineral games available on the tablet. Older students and adults spend more time with the information on mineral properties and groups, and enjoy the variety of unique specimens. Mostly visiting families and undergraduate students have independently played the mineral games available in the cabinet drawers. The displays and games have also purposefully been used to compliment undergraduate studies within the department. Most pleasing was to witness on several occasions undergraduate science, forestry and geoengineering students bring non-Earth Science/engineering friends and relatives to the museum, providing educated tours of the minerals displays.