geologic journey


Spotting a seemingly insignificant looking rock like this one now sends me wondering about its history, its journey through millions of years. Thanks to the powerful series Geologic Journey, my view of our world, especially of Canada and part of North America, has been profoundly enlarged.

Some weeks ago, happening to turn on CBC TV, we caught the last episode The Atlantic Coast, one part of which documents:

The rocks in the glowing cliffs in Nova Scotia once nestled beside Africa, as part of the super-continent Pangea. Millions of years ago, crocodiles and dinosaurs wandered here and today paleontologists come to unearth their remains.

The beaches and cliffs here are an unlikely home to the world’s largest collection of fossils from the Triassic/Jurassic period. They are virtually brimming with dinosaur skulls, teeth and jaws.

We were so amazed and awed by it that we wanted to see the rest of the series so I promptly ordered the DVD set. This five-part documentary series, shot in high-definition, delves into the geological history that has shaped the mythic Canadian landscape, offering a wide and compelling range of scientific, amateur enthusiast and narrative perspectives that enlighten the ways in which our land is shaped. It’s extremely well done, very dramatic with all the powerful visual and scientific techniques available today, not at all boring and dry. The website offers quite a bit of information and preview clips of each episode, so if this subject interests, do have a browse. Highly recommended!

April 28, 2008 in Canada and BC, Films, History by Marja-Leena