Speaker Series: From Grains of Sand to a Map: Looking at the geologic past of the Avalon Peninsula



Robbie Hicks
Earth Sciences Department
Memorial University of Newfoundland

The island of Newfoundland’s geology is world-class. Our rocks demonstrate grand tectonic movements, resulting in mountain chains to rival the Rockies and the opening and closing … and opening again … of vast oceans. But what is it that geologists do day-to-day to tease out the information that helps us build such a grand picture of the geologic past? By examining the rocks in the Johnson Geo Centre we can discover significant clues to 550 million years of history of the Avalon Peninsula, starting with grains of sand.

Robbie Hicks is the First Year Lab Coordinator and Instructor in the Earth Sciences Department at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her first degree is a BA in African Studies from McGill University, and she later obtained BSc honours and MSc geology degrees from Dalhousie University. She has been part of the Earth Sciences Department since returning to the province of her birth in 1995.

Join us on Tuesday, June 14th from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Johnson Geo Centre. Please note this presentation consist of a walking tour of about 45 minutes. The tour will be followed by refreshments. All are welcome and the event is free.

To register, click HERE. The space is limited, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.