From Percé to Stonehammer

Hello Science Apprentices!

We are very pleased to now have a focus group where we will be able to further explore the science around us at the Percé Geopark. Also, as the Geopark is waiting for a worldwide recognition of UNESCO (perhaps in 2018), we will discuss it together and see how it goes.

Our dear geologist, Agathe, began her great exploration journey of other Geoparks around the world. She began her journey near home at the Stonehammer Geopark in the city of Saint John, New Brunswick.

Let's go see what she discovered!



Agathe particularly likes the Stonehammer Global Geopark, because it is the first in North America to have been recognized by UNESCO.

Long loved by researchers, it is at Stonehammer Geopark that we found the first trilobites Canadian.

But what is a trilobite?



A trilobite is a marine arthropod who lived between 500 to 250 million years before today.

To date, scientists have discovered more than 10 000 trilobite species. The identification of these species gives very important information to scientists.

If a species and its ecology are known, its presence on a site allows us to better understand the environment that existed when trilobite lived there millions of years !



Another element of the UNESCO World Geopark at Stonehammer particularly fascinating for Agathe is the Bay of Fundy. This bay is known worldwide for its high tides. They can reach up to 21 meters ! Their magnitude is such that high tides cause a local inversion of the current of the Saint John River, whose mouth is located in Saint John. So, the river flows upside down ! I hope the fish have a good sense of direction !





Of course, there is still much more to observe at UNESCO's Stonehammer Global Geopark, as a trace of the passage of Glaciers, volcanic rocks and shallow marine caves.




There are two Geoparks already recognized by UNESCO in Canada.
The first UNESCO Global Geopark is in New Brunswick, in the southern part of the province, in St. John:

The second is in British Columbia, in the west of the country, in the mountains:

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In the near future, Agathe will be heading to the second UNESCO Global Geopark in Canada, Tumbler Ridge, located to the far north in the mountains of British Columbia.

By then, I guess you have at least a question about Stonehammer Geopark ? I can not wait to read it! I will choose and answer at least one question, every two weeks, among those you have asked me.

Take the opportunity to let science pique your curiosity!

See you soon !