Edmonton Geological Society
A Section of the Geological Association of Canada


EGS' Latest Publication

John Allan: The Founding of Alberta’s Energy Industries

by Willem Langenberg and Dave Cruden

This book is a must for everyone interested in the history of the discovery and development of Alberta's geological resources and the roots of Alberta's vibrant geoscience community.

Dr. John Andrew Allan (1884-1955) played a foundational role in the discovery and development of Alberta's geological resources. He was the first Chairman of the Department of Geology and Engineering at the University of Alberta, first Director of the Alberta Geological Survey, founding member of the Scientific and Industrial Research Council of Alberta (now Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures), the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), and the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists (now CSPG). He was instrumental in documenting and reporting on many aspects of the geology of Alberta, and through his research and mentoring inspired generations of geoscientists and engineers to help shape the future of this province.

The main body of this book consists of 82 archival photographs (selected from more than 7000) taken by or of John Allan. They allow us to get glimpses of John Allan’s roots and relations, his work at the University of Alberta and in the field at various locations in Alberta and British Columbia. The book pays tribute to John Allan, the educator, scientist, explorer, colleague, friend, husband, and father. At the same time it portrays some of Alberta's fascinating geology and beautiful scenery, as well as its richness in geological resources, the formation and distribution of which John Allan set out to explore, understand, and document throughout his career.

The book can be purchased from the Edmonton Geological Society for $20/copy. Bulk order discounts and wholesale pricing are available upon request. The book will also be available at various Edmonton bookstores in the near future.

To order, or for more information, contact the EGS publications manager.

A Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles in the Edmonton Area

This easy-to-use, accordion-folded, weather-resistant field guide is illustrated with full-colour, high-quality images and brief descriptions of locally-found pebbles characteristic of the Edmonton area and Alberta Plains region. The short text provides general information on rock-forming processes and the classification of rocks and tells the story of how pebbles are shaped through weathering, erosion, and transport.

Aimed at amateur geo-enthusiasts of all ages, this 11-panel, pocket-sized (9”x4.5”) field guide is an ideal companion for anyone wanting to explore the river valley and ravines and find out more about pebbles. It also can serve as a useful resource for educators teaching earth science curriculum units in schools.

The production of this guide was made possible through financial support from the Canadian Geological Foundation and CVEdGeo.

The field guide can be purchased from the Edmonton Geological Society at a cost of $7.50/copy.

It is also available at Audreys Books on Jasper Avenue, The Science Shop in Southgate Mall , and Ghossein Rocks and Fossils in West Edmonton Mall.

To order, or for more information, contact the EGS publications manager Matthias Grobe:

Phone: (780) 427-2843
Email: egs.publications@gmail.com

EGS Supports ATLAS

The Edmonton Geological Society supports ATLAS, the graduate student society of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta.ca. ATLAS has a weekly Friday noon hour talk series. All are invited to attend. Schedule of talks.

Recent Events

EGS AGM: Karowe Diamond Mine: A World-class Source of Large and Exceptional Diamonds

by John Armstrong

When: Apr. 29, 2016

Pub Talk: Revisiting the Buffalo Hills Kimberlites

by Tom E. McCandless

When: Mar. 30, 2016, 6 p.m.

Atlas Talk: Mining for Oxygen and Early Bioturbation

When: 12:00 p.m., Friday Jan. 8, 2016

Special Talk: The Curious Phenomenon of Forest Rings

by Stewart Hamilton

When: Nov. 17, 2015, 6:00 p.m.

Where: University of Alberta, Tory 3-36

Terroir: An Evening of Wine and Geology

When: Nov. 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m.

Where: Strathcona Community Hall (10139 - 87 Avenue) 

Gold Panning Picnic

When: Saturday Sept. 19, 2015, 12:30 4:00 p.m.

Where: Emily Murphy Park

EGS Annual General Meeting
When: Friday Mar. 27, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Strathcona Community Hall (10139 - 87 Avenue) 






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