The Roar of the Bay

The Roar of the Bay
The Roar of the Bay

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"N.B.'s UNESCO bid explored by geologists" from CBC


"Geologists from Germany and Ireland are in southwestern New Brunswick this week to evaluate a proposal to create North America's first United Nations geopark.

The designation would cover an area from Lepreau Falls to Fundy National Park and inland to the Norton Fossil Field.

It would also include popular tourist attractions such as the Saint John River's Reversing Falls, where the stream forces its way through a narrow opening in billion-year-old rock.

The designation would highlight important geological features and the stories related to them. In order to get the project running, the group needs United Nations approval through UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The UN describes a geopark as a scenic area of special geoscientific significance, rare natural attributes and aesthetically ornamental value.

Geoparks are popular sites for sightseeing and cultural recreation, but also a key protected area of geological heritage and base for geoscientific research and popularization, it says.
Unique in North America

Irish geologist Patrick McKeever intends to check out all the key sites during his visit as a UNESCO evaluator.

"I was taken aback by how professionally the application had been put together," he said of the New Brunswick bid, which was officially submitted to UNESCO in April.

"It's going to give you something else other areas in Canada and North America simply don't have. It's going to be a unique product for New Brunswick and for the Saint John area."

If the application is accepted, the area will be designated Stonehammer UNESCO Geopark.

The province and the city of Saint John have put money into the bid. A decision is expected by the fall.

There are 64 geoparks in the world in such countries as Italy, Norway and Iran.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/08/30/nb-geologists-explore-geopark-bid.html#ixzz0yBUy2rQu"

I hope this becomes reality!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hal-Con 2010 - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Throwing out there that this might be the first scifi-slash-gaming-slash-fantasy convention East of Quebec: Hal-Con! Convention will happen the weekend of October 29th to the 31st. The schedules not 100% updated on their site, but for their first Con, the guest list is impressive! I'm a bit trek fan and Walter Koenig will be there. CHEKOV!!! Not to forget the lovely Denise Crosby aka Tasha Yar from Trek: TNG. InnerSPACE, hosted by SPACE, will be featuring the event. I'm very so hoping that I'll be off that weekend, I'm a crossing ma fingers!

Hal-Con 2010 / Oct 29th-31st
The Lord Nelson Hotel
1515 South Park St.
Halifax, NS B3J 2L2, CANADA
(902) 423-6331

www.lordnelsonhotel.com

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Blue Beach Museum - Hantsport, Nova Scotia

I have two weeks of vacation coming and I'm planning some heavy traveling in search of interesting sites. Today I had the luck of catching a local news cast about a museum located in Hantsport, Nova Scotia, Canada. From the location of Hantsport, the cliffs are rich in fossils and the local museum is claiming to be holding over 35 tons of specimens! This is a good chance to see first hand the fossil tracks of animals that walked the land over 350 million years ago. I'm definitely adding this to my to do list. If you are in that area, stop by and peek back in time where life started to crawl on Earth.


Blue Beach Fossil Museum
127 Blue Beach Road
Hantsport, Nova Scotia, CANADA

Memramcook

I posted a few days ago that I've been going on a few treks in the area, looking for rocks and fossils. The Maritimes provinces are considered a gold mine when it comes to fossils. Reading up on the geology of this small part of Canada, it was witness of the many changes that the Earth went through for more then 4 billion years!

Many communities celebrate this fact and some are even pushing to have this little part of the world recognized internationally. I was surprised to find out that some of the sites I've visited hasn't really been on the radar.

A few days ago I went to explore such a site. Beaumont is a small french Acadian community situated not too far from the town of Memramcook, here in Southern New Brunswick. Beaumont is a picturesque example of how it would have looked like when Acadians lived when they first came here, with the vast farmlands, the reclaimed marshes turned into irrigable land, and the herds of cows roaming with ease, living la vida loca.



When you reach the old church in Beaumont, the paved road transitions into a dirt road. The first time I tried to venture down that road, it had major mud holes and I didn't think at the time my Volkswagen Rabbit had the clearance to pass through. A few weeks later, my brother Don suggested we go for a drive with his Santa Fe, which is a little higher then my rabbit. With the company of my friend Phil, we made our way pass the deep mud pits of hell. The drive along the coast is just breathtaking. Every time there was a clearing in the trees, you could see the large chocolate colored mud banks of the Peticodiac River.

At one point we came down a steep incline and parked on the side of the road at the bottom of it. We walked carefully down a trail that took us to a small sandy spot on the beach. I wish I had brought my camera (I also forgot to bring it the second time I went - I'll post some pics when I get the chance to go back). The tides were low, for all we could see was mud! Thick, chocolaty mud. The beach consisted of a lot of loose rubble and rocks, due to the tidal activity. The few fossils I found were very worn, but present. The most interesting thing I saw that day at the beach was a layer of very dark solid rock jutting from the sand, peaking out of the cliff. Looking up closely I saw veins of some sort of mineral, what at first thought could have been fundy agate. I would later on bring a few pieces of those minerals to a friend of mine that identified them as Baryte (barite).

I'll stop right here for now as I will post some pictures when I go back. I have a few nice samples of that mineral from that vein, thanks to my trusty new rock pick. To be continued...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Cool t-shirt design for the inner geek

I was checking up on Wil Wheaton's blog and saw this:


Click on the image to make it larger.

Right away it clicked with me. I HAS ta have it! I've been playing roleplaying games since my junior highschool days and that brought me very fond memories. Nothing like classic ol' DnD to pass the time on weekends (or during lunch breaks at school.. HARDCORE BABY!). Click here and it'll take you to Wil's blog post.

Did I mention I love comics?

I LUVS comics, especially parodies of what's out there. I stumbled on this site, http://www.the-gutters.com/, and its freakin' hilarious to a tee.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The first of many

Indeed the first of many. Its nice to have facebook around but with all the hoopla when it comes to security, its gonna turn into shit sometime in the future. Looking for a spot that's quick to update and that people who are really interested in what I write about can come here instead.

I've created this blog for posting my rambling, grumbling, and musings. My intention is to post mostly what's going on in my life with all the likes/dislikes that come with it. I hope to keep this up and updated as often as I can.

My present interest is everything to do about rocks and fossils! So you'll be hearing me stories about rock huntin'.

Hope you enjoy!

Keenan