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Western Newfoundland Conference Field Trip

on . Posted in Ichnia 2012

 

Western Newfoundland Conference Field Trip



Because of the shortage of accommodation in rural Newfoundland, the numbers of attendees on each trip is by necessity small.

 

In order to enable as many people as possible to attend we are repeating the trips.

The repeated trips will cover the same localities, though the schedules may be slightly different.

 

Ichnology in Western Newfoundland

 

PLEASE NOTICE!!!

 

THE PRE-CONFERENCE TRIP STARTS IN DEER LAKE NOT ST.JOHN'S

You can either fly direct to Deer Lake (e.g. Halifax or Toronto)

or get a bus from St. John's (DRL will take about 8 hours)

 

THE POST-CONFERENCE TRIP ENDS IN DEER LAKE NOT ST.JOHN'S

We would recommend either departing on the 23rd

or getting the late flight out of Deer lake (20:50 to Halifax) on the 22nd

 

 

 

This field trip offers participants the opportunity to examine palaeo- and neo-ichnology on the beautiful West Coast of Newfoundland.

 

1. The first part of the trip will examine the Cambro-Ordovician rift and post-rift strata of the Laurentian margin and will include the following highlights:

  • Pipe-rock ichnofabrics from intertidal and shoreface palaeoenvironments provide a window into the palaeoecology of shallow marine, microbially influenced settings in the Lower Cambrian Hawke Bay Formation
  • Trace fossils and ichnofabrics in the mixed siliciclastic-carbonate, Lower Cambrian March Point Formation
  • Exceptionally preserved, diverse and unusual assemblages of trace fossils in fossiliferous shallow marine storm-dominated settings of the Upper Ordovician Winterhouse Formation
  • An exceptionally preserved Carboniferous carbonate cold-seep deposit, containing in situ brachiopods, tube worms and conulariids


Chondritespiperock_ichnofabric

 













2. The second part of the trip will be based in the Gros Morne National Park (about 4 hrs drive away) and will include opportunities to view the famous and spectacular geology of this area. This part of the tour will include:

  • A visit of Memorial University's Bonne Bay Marine Station, including flowing seawater laboratories where experiments on local burrow-forming macrofauna are taking place
  • A tour of geologically significant sites in the Gros Morne National Park, including the Cambro-Ordovician boundary stratotype
  • A boat tour of the scenic Western Brook Pond, a freshwater fjord in Gros Morne National Park, focusing on the natural history of this area

experimental ichno

 

 


Pre-Conference Fieldtrip Schedule

 

Western Newfoundland

 

9th August

Meet in Deer Lake in evening, stay Driftwood Inn. (you need to get yourself to Deer Lake. Allow for an 8 hr coach ride from St. John's or fly in direct).

 

 

10th August

8AM Depart Deer Lake for Port au Port (3.5 hours)

 

11.30-2.30PM Geology of the Port au Port, Piccadilly and Aguathuna

 

2.30-5.30PM Winterhouse Fm/Lourdes Lst (3 hours)

 

Dinner and stay at “Inn at the Cape”, Cape St George (includes breakfast and dinner)

 

 

11th August

9-12AM Grand Jardin (Bradore Fm) and March Pt Fm

 

1PM Depart Cape St George for Bonne Bay (4 hours)

 

5PM Visit Bonne Bay Marine Station

 

Dinner in Rocky Harbour

 

Stay in Rocky Harbour, “Fisherman's Landing Inn”

 

 

12th August

10:00 - 12:30PM Boat Tour of Western Brook Pond

 

1:30 - 3:30PM Guided tour of Green Point, GrosMorne National Park

 

Dinner in Rocky Harbour

 

Stay in Deer Lake, Driftwood Inn

 

 

13th August

9AM Depart Deer Lake for St John's (will take 7-8 hours)

 

Arrive in St John's for Icebreaker Reception

Accommodation and meals are included (except the 13th August when there will only be breakfast and lunch provided)

 

 

 


 

Post-Conference Fieldtrip Schedule

 

Western Newfoundland

19th August

8AM depart St. Johns for Port au Port “Inn at the Cape” (about a 10 hr coach ride).

 

 

20th August

8AM 2.30PM Geology of the Port au Port, Piccadilly and Aguathuna

 

2.30-5.30PM Winterhouse Fm/Lourdes Lst (3 hours)

 

Dinner and stay at “Inn at the Cape”, Cape St George (includes breakfast and dinner)

 

 

21st August

9-12AM Grand Jardin (Hawke Bay Fm) and March Pt Fm

 

1PM Depart Cape St George for Bonne Bay (4 hours)

 

5PM Visit Bonne Bay Marine Station

 

Dinner in Rocky Harbour

 

Stay in Rocky Harbour, “Ocean View Hotel”

 

 

22nd August

10:00 - 12:30PM Guided tour of Green Point, GrosMorne National Park

 

1:30 - 3:30PM Boat Tour of Western Brook Pond

 

Dinner in Rocky Harbour

 

Stay in Deer Lake, “Driftwood Inn” or depart for onward travel

 

 

23rd August

depart for onward travel (not included).

 

 

Accommodation and meals are included (except the 23rdAugust when there will only be breakfast provided)