Calgary Fossil Discovery Adventure
12 Aug 2023
AGT Building, Downtown Calgary
Remaining spaces: 15
Suggested sponsorship per participant: $30
This half day urban field trip invites participants to discover the huge variety of extraordinary fossilized creatures in the walls of some of the buildings in and around downtown Calgary. These fossilized creatures are examples of some of the earliest forms of life and are found in 450 million years old rocks quarried from the famous Tyndall Formation in Manitoba. Tako Koning, an experienced geologist, has made a study of the fossils. He will help the group identify the creatures and share details about their lives.
This Saturday afternoon field trip begins downtown Calgary to visit two historic buildings clad with Tyndall. Thereafter we will move to the Safeway store in Kensington and the Senator Patrick Burns building on the SAIT campus.
There will be a minimum amount of walking in the downtown and travel to Kensington and the SAIT campus will be by vehicle. If you come by car, please park somewhere near to the meeting place, 119, 6th Avenue SW. If you will come on foot please advise the coordinator by email, no later than Thursday August 10 so we can include you in car pooling for the stops in Kensington and SAIT. If you are traveling by bike you should be able to get between the locations in a similar time to the cars, but make sure to bring a lock for your bike.
We will see the Tyndall in three dimensions and a wide variety of fossils (corals, sponges, nautiloids, algae, pelecypods, brachiopods) that are exquisitely preserved in the limestone. This field trip is family friendly; kids are welcome.
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