OCGC Seminar - “ROCKS ARE US” – 175 YEARS OF THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF CANADA

 

Dr. Robin Riddihough, 
Natural Resources Canada 

Thursday, March 24th
11:30 a.m.  

Gamble Hall
615 Booth Street
Geological Survey of Canada

 

Abstract 

Twenty-five years before Confederation, the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) was established under William Logan to discover, map, and tell Canadians about the natural resources of the land around them. As Canada expanded, the GSC led the way in recording the shape of the landscape, the resources to be found and the people, animals and plants that lived here. Its exploration, maps, images and specimens were part of the “vision” of Canada. It affected our history, politics, art and public imagination. 

Out of the GSC grew the Canadian Museums of History, Nature, and Science and Technology. Over the years it also gave birth to the federal agencies that mapped our topography, and guided and stimulated the development of our resources.  Although the Provinces and Territories have taken over some of its activities, it remains the one federal agency and centre of expertise that is responsible for documenting the geology and resources of the whole Canadian landmass and its offshore areas.