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EGS Releases New Publication!

The Edmonton Geological Society is proud to release yet another new 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

The Edmonton Geological Society organized an evening talk by Dr. Andrew Bajc (Ontario Geological Survey), recipient of the 2012 Provincial Geologists Medal, on October 17, 2013 at the U of A, Tory Building, Seminar Room (Tory 3-36) at 8:00 p.m.

Title of the presentation  :

"A Decade of 3-Dimensional Mapping of Quaternary Sediments in Southern Ontario; Protocols, Products and Applications"

Dr. Andrew Bajc

for more information and the Presentation Abstract click Here

Fall 2013 Gold Panning Picnic

September 21, 2013
More than 30 eager participants congregated at Emily Murphy Park to hunt for gold on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. The weather was fabulous and the river sediments gracious in releasing some of their treasure. After fortifying themselves with hotdogs, chips and veggies, participants learned how to pan for gold with the competent help of Tom Bryant (author of "The Modern Goldseekers Manual") and volunteers of the Alberta Gold Prospectors Association (AGPA). At the end of the afternoon, everyone was able to take home a glass vial with at least some gold flakes.
Many thanks go out to Tom Bryant and the AGPA volunteers Jim Holzer, Rod Walker, Robin Rosborough, and Joan and Clint Blize.


Alberta Shale Gas Presentation at the EGS Annual General meeting

Edmonton Geological Society Annual General Meeting on March 23, 2013 featured guest speaker Dr. Dean Rokosh (Energy Resource Conservation Board) with a presentation titled "Alberta's Shale Gas Potential".

Presentation Abstract:

Alberta’s Vast Shale Resource Base

The Energy Resources Conservation Board provides information related to the oil and gas resource endowment of Alberta. The Energy Resource Appraisal group of the Geology, Environmental Sciences and Economics Branch has published a report to provide baseline data, information, and understanding of the geology, distribution, reservoir characteristics, and hydrocarbon resource potential of Alberta shales.

Until the present time, data and information on reservoir characteristics and hydrocarbon resource potential of shale formations were rare because of the historical lack of interest in shale-hosted hydrocarbon reservoirs. This presentation will review the reasons for instituting the study, summarise the workflow to generate the resource endowment and will provide the results of six key strata, specifically the Lower Banff/Exshaw, Duvernay, Muskwa, Montney, Nordegg and Wilrich.


First GeoDay For Edmonton

On November 1st, 2011 we worked with three organizations to host the first ever GeoDay for Edmonton junior high school students and teachers. Our partners were the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA), Canadians Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), and Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG).

The purpose of GeoDay is to educate junior high students about geoscience wonders of the earth and to stimulate their interest in geoscience careers. , volcanic sleuth, Dr. Catherine Hickson, and glacial historian, Jeffery Bond  presented “Fire and Ice – Adapting to Planetary Change” at the Jubilee Auditorium. The Edmonton Geological Society helped to find sponsors to bus enough Edmonton junior high school students and teachers to fill the Jubilee Auditorium - 2,397 people.

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.

North Saskatchewan River Rafting Trip

Thank-you to River Watch and the guides from the ERCB/Alberta Geological Survey for a wonderful day on the river. The expertise of Laurence Andriashek, Corey Froese, and Mark Fenton was greatly appreciated by all rafters. The rafters included students from the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan University, staff from the Alberta Geological Survey, geological consultants, and the public.

Gold Panning and Picnic

Click to see some event pictures

Thank you to everyone that participated! We had more than forty people take part in what should become a fun annual event. Thank you to the Alberta Geological Survey, Alberta Gold Prospectors Association, APEX Geoscience Ltd., Commercial Solutions Inc., and the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta for providing panning equipment. Our sincerest gratitude to Tom Bryant (author of "The Modern Goldseekers Manual") and Fred Walker, Rod Walker, and Pat Walker (all Walkers of the AGPA) for sharing their expertise.







    Photo: USDA


The EGS provides opportunities for professional earth scientists, university/college
students, and others interested in the field to network and participate in field trips,
lecture series, publication developmeDSC_3080_AGS_pointing.JPGnt, and social events. 

In the spirit of the EGS mandate to foster interaction between earth scientists we are undertaking a membership drive. You must be a member of the EGS to vote at the Annual General Meeting. There are currently about 30 registered members in the society. We would like to raise that number to 105 members to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the incorporation of Edmonton as a city.

Because the EGS is a section of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), EGS members are encouraged to become members of GAC. GAC members have the option of paying their EGS membership dues with their GAC membership renewal. At this point GAC requires only EGS executive members to be GAC members. We ask EGS members, who have lapsed membership, to renew their membership and encourage interested people to become new members.hoodoo.jpg

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Upcoming Events

Gold Panning Picnic

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

Where: Emily Murphy Park

Sorry, registration is FULL.

Recent Events

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

Where: Strathcona Community Hall (10139 - 87 Avenue) 

Mill Creek Geo-walk
When: Sunday Oct. 5, 2014, 12:30 - 4:00 p.m.

U of A ATLAS Talks:

Wednesday September 24, 2014
at Noon in Tory 3-36: 
Marcos Zentilli: El Soldado, a giant manto type copper deposit in Chile formed within a degraded petroleum reservoir

Friday, Sept. 26 at Noon in TBA
Steve Squyres: Science Results from the Mars Exploration Rover Mission

September 25-26, 2014
Space Exploration Symposium 2014 (ISSET and Royal Astronomical Society Edmonton Centre)
Where: Telus World of Science, Edmonton
More info at www.isset.ualberta.ca/symposium

Thursday, September 25, 2014 (7 p.m.)
Keynote address: Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet
Presented by: Dr. Steven Squyres, Prof. of Physical Sciences at Cornell University and Principal Investigator for the Mars Exploration Rovers Project
Location: Telus World of Science, Edmonton
More info at www.isset.ualberta.ca/symposium

Friday, September 26, 2014 (5 p.m.)
Keynote address: Small Satellites, Big Opportunities
Presented by: Kevin Cocco, CTO of ArduSat
Location: ETLC Solarium, University of Alberta, Edmonton
More info at www.isset.ualberta.ca/symposium

Gold Panning Picnic
Saturday Sept. 20, 2014

Miquelon Lake Geo-walk & BBQ

U of A Atlas Talk: Bison genetics, continental ice sheets and the viability of the ‘ice free corridor’
When: Noon, Friday Sept. 12, 2014

Book launch for
John Allan: The Founding of Alberta’s Energy Industries

Saturday May 24, 2014

Book launch for
John Allan: The Founding of Alberta’s Energy Industries

Monday May 26, 2014  

Saturday April 26, 2014 (6:30 pm)
Edmonton Geological Society Annual General Meeting 2014
Location: Strathcona Community Hall (10139 - 87 Avenue), Edmonton

April 3 & 4, 2014 A 2 day Symposium presented by The Geotechnical Society of Edmonton
Land slides - Assessment, Characterization and Risks 

Location: Edmonton Petroleum Club
 1110 108 St. NW Edmonton, Registration at 7:30am, Lectures from 8:00am - 5:00.


Friday March 28, 2014 (12:00pm)
Where is water stored in the solid Earth? Diamonds contain the answer
Presented by: Prof. Graham Pearson
Location : Tory 3-36
University of Alberta 
For more information click Here

Friday March 28, 2014 (11:00am-12:00pm)
Uncovering the chemistry of life
Presented by: Dr. Robert Hilts

Location : Room 5-152 City Centre Campus

Grant MacEwan University 
For more information click Here

Friday March 21, 2014 (12:00 pm)
Tectonics of Asia
Presented by:Prof. Martyn Unsworth
Location : Tory 3-36
University of Alberta 
For more information click Here

Friday March 07, 2014 (12:00 pm)
Glacial Diamictites and the Evolving Composition of the Upper Continental Crust
Presented by:Roberta Rudnick
Location : Tory 3-36
University of Alberta 
For more information click Here

Friday Feb.28, 2014 (12:00-2:00 pm)
Myth and Reality in Water Contamination Associated with Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing in the United States
Presented by: Dr. Avner Vengosh, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University 
Location : Edmonton Clinic Health Academy room L1-190 (Lower Level Lecture Theater) North  Campus 
University of Alberta 




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If you are a member of GAC, you can renew or join the EGS securely by one of the following means:

- join the EGS when you join or renew your GAC membership (see the GAC Website)              

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