Joggins Fossil Centre Hosts IAT Council Meeting

On Saturday, September 30, the IAT held its annual North America Council Meeting at Joggins Fossil Centre, Nova Scotia, part of Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The meeting included chapter updates, website and social media, mapping, international gatherings, and fundraising.
 
 
The Council gathering began the night before with dinner and refreshments at the Pump House Brewery in Moncton, New Brunswick.
 
 
In the morning the scene shifted to Joggins for the 6-hour meeting,
 
Bill Duffy giving an update on IAT Mapping
 
 
followed by a tour of the Centre and Cliffs by Nova Scotia Geologist and IATNS enthusiast John Calder who was instrumental in the development of Joggins as a world class tourism and education facility.
 
Geologist John Calder discussing the geology of Joggins
 
Joggins is renowned as the best place in the world to see fossils that show the biodiversity of the Coal Age.  More than 300 million years ago, Joggins was home to giant insects, towering trees and the first known reptiles.
 
Joggins Fossil Centre
Carboniferous panel at Joggins (click to enlarge)
 
Outside the modern building in the ancient cliffs below the Centre
 
Joggins Fossil Centre
View of Joggins Fossil Centre (click to enlarge)
 
visitors can view various fossils emerging from the sandstone
 
Joggins Fossil Cliffs
View of a section of Joggins Fossil Cliffs (click to enlarge)
 
including fossil trees and reptiles.
 
John Calder points out a fossilized tree
 
Visitors can also sit and read about the local geology
 
IAT Geologist Walter Anderson taking it all in
 
or how it connects to the bigger Appalachian picture!
 
Joggins Fossil Cliffs
Geology Map of eastern North America (click to enlarge)
 
For more on Joggins, visit their website
........ or take a walk along their cliffs!!