IAT Attends 4th Conjugate Margins Conference

From August 20-22, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol attended the 4th Conjugate Margins Conference in St. John's, NL

 

 

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.

Poster 1 - Milestones of the IAT(Click on poster to enlarge)
 
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.
 
Poster 2 - Geoparks along the IAT(Click on poster to enlarge)
 
The third IAT poster featured the IATNL's proposed Cabox Geopark in Western Newfoundland, spanning the four Bay of Islands Ophiolites.  It will also be presented at the 6th International UNESCO Conference on Global Geoparks, September 19-22 in Saint John, New Brunswick.
 
Poster 3 - Planned Cabox Geopark in Western Newfoundland(Click on poster to enlarge)
 
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
 
and Loren and Janice Johnston from Maine, U.S.A. who were visiting eastern Newfoundland.  Paul has hiked sections of the IATNL in Western Newfoundland with Loren.
 
Janice and Loren Johnston from Maine, U.S.A.
 
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.
 
Conjugate Margins Gala(Click on image to enlarge)
 
 
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.