For those of us living, working, and playing in the Bow Valley, geology shapes our everyday life. This month, we will investigate the geological story of Alberta and how we can find connections between the ancient past and the present day. Guest Percy Strong, a geologist, will help us connect the book to the local geological history of the Bow Valley.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Alberta is one of the few places in the world where the past touches the present so directly and profoundly. From Devonian pools plumbed by today’s oil and gas industry, to Jurassic seams mined for coal, to a tourist’s view of Cenozoic grasslands bordering the majestic Rockies, the livelihood and recreation of most Albertans is touched directly by the ancient past. Alberta’s geological history stretches from the Precambrian Era, 500 million years ago, to the end of the Pleistocene Epoch, a mere 10,000 years ago.
Drawing on this rich storehouse of evidence, scientists at the world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, working with veteran natural history writer Monique Keiran, offer a dramatic and vividly detailed chronicle of the province’s geological history.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Monique Keiran is a journalist, author, and editor with a lifelong interest in the environment and science. She has worked at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and other museums across North America and held editorial positions with the Entomological Society of British Columbia and Engineers and Geoscientists BC. She lives on Vancouver Island, where few dinosaur bones but many amazing fossils of plants, fish, marine reptiles, and other extinct sea critters have been found.