Showing posts from June, 2011

Wasson Bluff - Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

Every year the Fundy Geological Museum (FGM) hosts curatorial walks of the many sites located in the Parrsboro area in Nova Scotia. Saturday June 11th the FGM organized a curatorial walk of the Wasson Bluff located a few minutes east of Parrsboro, on Two Islands Road. I had gone only once before last Summer. I was happy to go back as I wanted to find out all the information I could get from Wasson Bluff.
Wasson Bluff is a very special place, as the earliest dinosaurs have been discovered in this area. This area has seen the smallest dinosaur foot prints ever found, some of Canada's oldest dinosaurs ever found, and important signs and clues of the ever changing landscape and makeup of the Earth.
The curatorial walks are free, and that weekend being tourism week, the admittance to the Fundy Geological Museum exhibit was also free. Me and my friend Craig, along with some other fellas had some time to spare before the walk, so we checked it out. It is well worth it as they have a lot of…

Fern Ledges (Saint John, New Brunswick)

I've been doing research on important geological and fossil sites in the Maritimes. I've come across some information about an old site once frequented by Sir John William Dawson and Charles Lyell. From what I've learned thus far, the fossils contained in the rocks at that location yield flora from the Carboniferous period (there was a lot of debate about dating this formation: Devonian vs. Carboniferous).
My travels that day took me to sunny Saint John, New Brunswick. Fern Ledges is just one of numerous sites of geological significance in the Saint John area.

View from Duck Cove.

Small island where seals were bathing in the Sun.

This was my view of the rock formation I was there to investigate. It was late in the afternoon when I got there so I didn't get the chance to walk around much, but what I saw made me want to come check it out again very soon.
From Duck Cove and Fern Ledges back at the turn of the 20th century.

Stay tuned!

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Rock Hunting in Rockport.. Part Deux

Two weeks before this last trek in Rockport, east of Dorchester NB, I found some good indicators of what could have been a very large body of water. The fossils that I was able to find were showing me a picture of trees all bunched up and stacked on top of each other, similar to what you would find in log jams in a body of water.

I also wanted to find out how the cliffs were structured in the Bay of Fundy outside the protection of Slacks Cove. I was curious if the cliffs exposed to the active bay on the New Brunswick side were similar to the sister cliffs at Joggins in Nova Scotia. The silt and seaweed on the rocks were making my getting on the other side tricky.

Seaweed, mud, and all that slippery crap in between.

Getting around the corner was a bit tricky. Instead of going around I decided to take a chance and pass through this hole that was about my height, around 5 feet and a few inches. The distance between the hole and the ground was about 12 feet. On the other side of this hole…