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.

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

Upcoming Events

Evening at the Museum – Royal Alberta Museum

When: 28 Feb 2019, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: Royal Alberta Museum

details: Meetings and events

Recent Events

EGS Afternoon at the Museum – University of Alberta

When: 09 Dec 2018, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Where: Basement of Earth Science Building, UofA campus

Urban Geology Tour of Downtown Edmonton

When: 24 Jun 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Where: Meet at Frank Oliver Park, Hotel Macdonald

EGS 2018 AGM and Pub Talk

When: Saturday, April 28, 6 pm - 11:30 pm
Where: Clerks' Quarters, Fort Edmonton Park
Talk: An Albertan New Years’ Day Icebreaker – Analysis of Cryoseismic Events at Central Alberta Lakes on January 1-2, 2018 by Laurence Andriashek


Keynote speaker: Reed Scherer, Northern Illinois University
Public Lecture: Paleoclimatology: Is What's Past, Prologue?
When: Friday, April 6: 5-6 pm
Where: U of A, Earth Sciences Building 3-27

Grace Anne Stewart Speaker Series: Understanding Variability in Glacier Behaviour in a Changing Climate

by Ellyn Enderlin
When: March 31, 2017, Noon
Where: 3-36 Tory Building, U of A


Koko Warner, United Nations Climate Secretariat
When: April 6 & 7, 2017

Where: University of Alberta

CSPG Western University Lecture Tour: What does a Geologist working in the oil sands do?

by Nadine Pearson, P. Geo,  Chevron Canada Resources
When: March 24, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Where: 3-36 Tory Building, U of A
Free pizza and pop


Continental Drift philatelic exhibit

by Jim Taylor, P. Geol.
When: March 25-26, 2017
Where: Central Lions Recreation Centre, 113 St & 111 Ave

Atlas Talk: Environmental Justice for All

by Jill Schneiderman, Distinguished Visitor from Vassar College
When: March 17, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Where: 3-36 Tory Building, U of A

Magnetic and Gravity Methods in Mineral and Oil & Gas Exploration: the Value of Well-Rounded Geophysical Skills

A seminar by Henry Lyatsky

When: March 13, Noon - 5 pm
Where: Room 3-36 HM Tory Bldg U of A
Register (Students free, Others $5.00)

Atlas Talk: Transverse Faults in Alberta and their importance for Geothermal Energy development

By Willem Langenberg

When: Jan. 20, 2017 at noon


Atlas/EGS Pub Talk

Of Mice and Men: Benefits and Costs of the Scots Earth Science Revolution

By Stephen Johnston

When: Jan. 25, 2017, 6:30 p.m.


When: Sunday, Nov. 13, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Shamrock Curling Club, 9330 - 80 Ave, Edmonton

Brian Jones, 2016 Logan Medallist: Hotsprings, Microbes and Precipitates.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7 pm

Where: University of Alberta, Tory 3-36

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

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