and presented a trio of posters on the IAT, IAT Geoparks and the planned Cabox Geopark in Western Newfoundland.
The Conference started in 2008 to bring industry and academia together to discuss the similarities of basis evolution in conjugate margins. It originally focused on the margins of the North Atlantic but has grown into a major international conference with presentations and posters with key industry players and academic researchers.
The 3-day event started with an official welcome by Tom Hedderson, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador
and was followed by series of presentations on tectonic and magmatic processes and continental margins.
The poster sessions were held in adjacent exhibition rooms, primarily during refreshment and lunch breaks.
The first IAT poster showed milestones in the development of the IAT and was created by Maine State Geologist and IAT Maine member Robert Marvinney, IAT Maine members Walter Anderson and Don Hudson, and IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol.
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The second IAT poster featured Geoparks along the IAT route in Europe and the proposed new route through southern New Brunswick. It was created by Maine State Geologist and IAT Maine member Robert Marvinney, IAT Maine members Walter Anderson and Don Hudson, and IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol.
A number of industry, government and academic conference goers stopped by to view the posters, including Alana Hinchley, senior geologist with the Newfoundland Geological Survey who met with Paul last spring on the Cabox Geopark project
Alana Hinchley, Senior Geologist with the Newfoundland Geological Survey
In addition to presentations and posters, the 4th Conjugate Margins Conference also included a gala evening at The Rooms museum, art gallery and archives, which was a good opportunity to meet and converse with a variety of geologists and industry representatives.
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The final day began with a tribute to renowned Newfoundland geologist Harold "Hank" Williams (1934-2010), creator of the Tectonic Lithofacies Map of the Appalachian Orogen. His re-mapping of the Humber Arm Allochthon led to UNESCO World Heritage recognition for Gros Morne National Park. The proposed IAT Cabox Geopark is dedicated to him, which was acknowledged in the tribute given by Memorial University of Newfoundland's Jeremy Hall.
The 2014 spring edition of the Appalachian Long Dstance Hikers Association (ALDHA) newsletter is now on the cyber newsstands! It includes news about the feature presenter at this year's ALDHA Gathering, an update on the search party going out this month to look for Geraldine Largay in Maine, a look at a new long-distance trail from its first thru-hikers, a picture profile of McAfee's Knob and a review of the new biography of Grandma Gatewood.
Fantastic video coverage of the IAT Ireland launch in Omagh and long-distance hiker Cottonjoe Norman (accompanied by IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol) setting out from Sliabh Liag on the first day of his IAT Ireland-Scotland thru-hike! A good chance to test your Irish Gaelic!
The long-standing Northern Ireland walking trail will become part of the International Appalachian Trail. "The official launch of what has been termed its new “dual-branding” will be at the end of the month, at the Appalachian and Bluegrass Festival in Omagh.
The International Appalachian Trail is named after the trail which traverses the Appalachian mountains running across the eastern states of the USA. The international element includes stretches of walking routes in Canada and Scandinavia, with plans to extend it into Iberia too."
On June 28-29, 2013, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IATNL member Ryan Oxford guided a group of Boy Scouts and their leaders from Millbrook, Ontario on a two-day trek of the IATNL North Arm Traverse. The adventure began in Cox's Cove with a one-hour boat ride by True North Charters & Tours across Middle and North Arms of the Bay of Islands to Stowbridge's Cove at the base of North Arm Hill.
From June 21-22, Parks Canada, IATNL, and Ocean Quest Adventures presented the second annual Art & Adventure Festival in Gros Morne National Park. The 2-day event included a fine art exhibit at the park's Discovery Center in Woody Point, nightly entertainment, and half-day hikes on the western side of the park.
On the evening of May 15, 2013, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IATNL executive member Delano Pittman set off in an open boat across chilly and windswept Parsons Pond on their way to Western Brook Gulch to continue work on the Devil's Bite Trail.
Rising early the next day, they hiked a round trip of 13 kms (8 miles) to reach the worksite at the inside valley, where the trail climbs a scree field to the only exit out of the gulch.
A group of approximately forty scientists, artists, writers, and natural resource professionals representing government, non-government, recreation, and business organizations descended on Shin Pond Village, Maine to attend the Annual Meeting of the Maine Chapter of the International Appalachian Trail (MCIAT).
Newfoundland, colloquially "The Rock," is a geological paradise for its coastal rock exposures. These are the "smoking guns" for the Appalachian model outlined in this account. The axiom "the truth lies in the rocks" fully applies to the Appalachian Orogen in Newfoundland.
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Dick Anderson called Don Hudson on Friday evening, October 15, 1993 and asked him to meet him at the old Front Street Deli in Bath, Maine: "I can't tell you anything about it until tomorrow morning!" .... And, what a great time it has been ever since!!
On the beautiful autumn day of October 30, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol, IATNL Vice Chair Arne Helgeland, and Signage Director Delano Pittman entered Serpentine Valley to continue work on the Lewis Hills Trail, the final stage of the new IATNL UltramaTrex.
This one-week trek provides access to all four of Western Newfoundland's ophiolites, characterized by the rust-colored ultramafic, peridotite.
On August 1, 2012, IAT Maine Chapter Board members Walter Anderson, Will Richard, Dick Anderson and Don Hudson had the opportunity to host a dinner in Freeport , Maine, for Lis Mortensen, IAT Coordinator for the Faroe Islands.
Prince Edward Island is one of the friendliest places in North America according to a man who has walked here from Florida. Warren Renninger hates to say good bye to the Island, but he’s pushing on for Cape Breton and Newfoundland over the weekend as he continues a walk that has eaten up four pairs of sneakers and will take an entire year to complete.
While most people think twice about walking to the store, Renninger has logged in an astounding 7,000 kilometres since leaving the Keys of the Sunshine State last November.
A group of 7 from Uummannaq, Greenland is walking on the IAT in Maine, having traversed the IAT in northern Greenland earlier this summer. Here they are at the Katahdin Lake trailhead in Baxter State Park, having climbed up and over Katahdin earlier in the day (Thursday, July 12). René Kristensen (left), the coordinator of IAT Greenland, is leading the group.
In July 2012, the Associated Press reported on the June IAT AGM in Reykjavik, Iceland.
"Organizers of an extension of the Appalachian Trail that spans two and will eventually link three continents are making progress stitching together the pieces of a long pathway. At least symbolically, they've united North America and Europe through the International Appalachian Trail. Representatives of the countries that are part of the trail held their first annual meeting outside of North America last month."
IAT Founder Richard Anderson and IAT Maine President Don Hudson recently returned from a visit to Alabama's Pinhoti Trail to explore possible IAT membership. Read Justin Brimer's account of this "Miniature Appalachian Trail" on the online Alabama Outdoors Magazine.
On Tuesday, July 5 New Brunswick resident Charles McNair began his "Journey of Hope" to raise awareness for the rebuilding of Haiti and the sacrifice made by NB RCMP officer Mark Gallagher, who lost his life while serving there during the 2010 earthquake. A vocational school is being built in his memory.
Charles plans to walk the IAT south from the Northern Terminus at Crow Head, Newfoundland
through Nova Scotia, PEI, and Quebec, before returning home to New Brunswick.