More than 200 teachers and Earth scientists
from more than two dozen countries will discuss climate change,
world water supply and much more at GeoSciEd IV, Earth Science
for the Global Community, next month in Calgary. Evaluating
the risks of earthquakes and tsunamis is among the topics
on tap at the gathering of the International Geoscience Education
Organization, Aug. 10 to 14. So is the world's dependence
on the successful discovery and use of metals, gravel, and
petroleum for fuel and plastics.
GeoSciEd IV is the education organization's first-ever meeting
in continental North America. Previous meetings were held
in Australia, Hawaii and the United Kingdom.
Keynote speakers include Albertan John Acorn, the Nature Nut
on Discovery Channel and the author of Butterflies of Alberta;
Calgary guide Ben Gadd, the author of Handbook of the Canadian
Rockies and Raven's End; and Dr. Alan Hildebrand, who discovered
the world's largest crater buried under Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula,
providing conclusive evidence of a meteorite collision with
the Earth at the time of the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.
Dr. John Smol of Queen's University will tackle the topic
of water and why its quality is changing. Field trips include
at least four World Heritage sites - the Rocky Mountain World
Heritage Parks, the Burgess Shale, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo
Jump, and Dinosaur Provincial Park. More than 150 papers will
be presented at the University of Calgary.