Recently I had a meeting with a former professor of mine, Daryl Dagesse from the Brock University Geography department regarding the upcoming 3rd year Physical Geography field course (I have been the Teaching Assistant for that course going on my 5th year). While there he showed me the book “Road Rocks Ontario” authored by University of Toronto Geology professor Nick Eyles PhD and published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside (2013). He purchased his copy, hot off the presses, at the Rockhound Gemboree in Bancroft Ontario
As soon as I saw the book I had to get a copy and it became my mission. I was lucky enough to find the last copy at my local Chapters and immediately scooped it up.
The tagline on the back of the book sums it up beautifully and yet, sadly, it is something most citizens are all to unaware of… “3 Billion Years in Your Backyard”.
The book begins with an overview of Ontario geology from roughly 3 billion years ago up through glaciation to the present. After this the book is broken down into five regions: North, South, East, West and Central each with a number of waypoints. With each waypoint is a description of the location and if applicable an explanation as to how the feature was formed (Karst landscape for example). The photography, illustrations and maps are visually crisp and informative and the authors writing style makes this book very readable for the geologist and non-geologist alike. At the end of the book, the location and waypoints of each region are noted in decimal degrees suitable for programming into your own GPS unit. (I know how I will be spending my summer vacation next year).
Recommendation #1 – Buy this book!
Recommendation #2 – There should be a copy of this book in every geography class or school library in Ontario as it is an incredible wealth of information not only regarding the geology of Ontario but it also includes plenty of historical and cultural geography anecdotes as well.
As a way of both promoting this book and illustrating the use of ArcGIS Online I have created the Unofficial companion of the waypoint locations for informational and educational purposes (it will be an ongoing effort). Check it out at the link below.
Until next time.