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Burgess Shale Trip

On July 19 to 24, 2002 we had the privilege of hosting a geological tour of Field, BC. Two prominent geologists shared the description of the geology along the way through the Foothills and the spectacular Canadian Rockies to Field and Emerald Lake. A geological guide book was presented to the different persons on the tour. Fifteen members of the group went on an arduous and exciting 12 mile hike to see the world famous Burgess Shale Walcott Quarry on Mount Field and Wapta. The weather was excellent. The tour and hike were phenomenal!

On Wednesday evening we met at the Wingate Hotel in Calgary for a dinner and a presentation on the Cambrian fossils at the Chengjiang Site in China.

Later, several people went on a tour to the world famous Tyrrell Museum at Drumheller, Alberta following which was an excellent educational presentation of the Cambrian Explosion of Animal life. This fit well with the Tyrell trip as there is an excellent display of Burgess Shale fossils at the Tyrrell museum.

An eastern view across Emerald Lake with Mount Wapta in the background with the Burgess Shale (Wapcott) Quarry visible.

An eastern view across Emerald Lake with Mount Wapta in the background with the Burgess Shale (Wapcott) Quarry visible.

Preparing for the Hike: 8:00 am, July 22, 2002

Preparing for the Hike: 8:00 am, July 22, 2002

Burgess Shale (Walcott Quarry) Outcrop, The Stephen Formation.

Burgess Shale (Walcott Quarry) Outcrop, The Stephen Formation.

 

 

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