The Roar of the Bay

The Roar of the Bay
The Roar of the Bay

Monday, August 15, 2011

Alma Beach (Alma, New Brunswick)

I heard from friends that the sandstone cliffs off of the Alma beach not too far from the little town with the same name had fossils. I had never walked the beach before, but if the rocks in the area were belonging to the same formations as Cape Enraged to the Caledonia Mountains, they were probably of the Carboniferous Period (Late).

Alma is located about 45 minutes from Moncton by car. When crossing the bridge over Chignecto Bay, you'll end up at the East entrance of Fundy National Park. I heard that Herring Cove might have fossils in its cliffs, but that'll be for another day.

Alma wharf at low tide

View from the beach looking East


Not the friendliest beach (rocks and slimy seaweed)


Looking back towards the town, you can barely distinguish it within the fog. The temperature change can be freakish.

Fossil-baring cliffs

Calamites

Calamites mold

Calamites

Coarse grained conglomerates with all sorts of quartz-like minerals

Fossilized trees filled with minerals (?)



I didn't manage to go far for the trek was a little hazardous and the tides were slowly coming in. I'll make a point to check the cliffs close to Joel Head, further East.

Till next time!

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