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Canada Rocks: The Geologic Journey

Canada Rocks: The Geologic Journey    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-55041-860-6
Pages 512
Language English only
Price $60.00
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Written by Nick Eyes and Andrew Miall.
Published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd., 2007.


Canada Rocks is the fascinating story of how the Canadian landmass evolved – piece by piece – from a long-lost continent some four billion years ago into on the most spectacular and geologically significant areas on Earth. For anyone curious about the geological history of our country, this book is a marvelous portrait of what the authors describe as the incredible 'construction project' that gave shape to the continents, mountains, and oceans of planet Earth, and created the world’s second largest country – Canada.

Canada Rocks is the first book to present the entire sweep of Canadian geology to the general reader. It is profusely illustrated throughout with full-colour and black and white photographs, charts, maps, graphs and sketches. It also includes contemporary and classic Canadian art that captures the country’s extraordinary geological features and terrain. The book explores the country from north to south, and from east to west, exploring that incredible history through modern day sites and land shapes created in our distant past.

Did you know:
  • Rocks in Point Pleasant Park in Halifax were once part of Morocco, left behind when the Atlantic Ocean came into being.
  • Canada’s Arctic regions were formerly part of what today is Siberia. Greenland was once a part of Labrador.
  • Fossils in a road cut in Cache Creek, British Columbia once lived in a sea that covered China.
  • The violent collisions of continents and other land masses, the growth and decay of enormous mountain ranges, the impact of meteorites, and the comings and goings of vast ice sheets are explored in fascinating detail, as is the creation of our rocky resources from coal to diamonds.
An essential reference for students, naturalists, rockhounds, engineers – indeed for anyone fascinated with the geological forces that created our country, Canada Rocks also showcases many sites that are easily accessible from highways, making it an invaluable guide for exploring the special land we live on.

Nick Eyles and Andrew Miall are professors in the Department of Geology at the University of Toronto. Both authors have provided hundreds of leading scientific papers.

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