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Month: October 2022

Prof. Shahin Dashtgard blogs on geology

Professor Shahin Dashtgard, P. Geo of SFU now has a blog at to make geology more accessible to those who are interested in it. This was undertaken in response to his recent talk to the VPS and several emails he’s received recently asking geological and palaeontological questions.

With only three posts so far, he’s just getting started. With two of those posts about Vancouver Island, and plans to add a few on the Nanaimo Group, his writings should be of interest and instruction to our VicPS members.

VicPS Speaker Wed Oct 12th: Storm Impacts in Coastal Environment

Many of our fieldtrip sites are on the margins of shallow seas.  Some are turbidite flows associated with landslides in offshore submarine slopes and canyons.  Might evidence of ancient storms also be captured in the strata? 

Studying the present can provide clues to the past.  On Wednesday evening please join VicPS as we welcome Dr. David Atkinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Vitoria, who will share with us how storms impact coasts. 

Drawing from his work in the Arctic, Dr. Atkinson will demonstrate how the nature of the coast – water depth, type of beach material, coast shape – affects storm impact, and how features like sandbars and rip-currents work.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A of Dr. Atkinson’s work, and a discussion of what the fingerprints of ancient storms might look like in the strata we encounter on our fieldtrips. I will share photos from several of our recent field sites to supplement the post-presentation discussion.

Paid VicPS members will have received an email with the Zoom meeting connection details. Non-members may request attendance by emailing well in advance of 7:30 pm October 12th 2022.

Also, Oct 12th is National Fossil Day USA, and to recognize the occasion you are encouraged to reach into your collections and bring forward your favourite find to share with the group. National Fossil Day was established in 2010 by the USA National Parks Service to promote the scientific and educational value of fossils.