Saturday, October 25, 2008

Fossil Jewels


A Centre For Fossil Research And Display In Joggins Evokes The Historical And Geographical Context Of The Region, Recently Designated As A Unesco World Heritage Site.
.John Leroux


When does the inspiration for a great building's design truly begin? Does its genesis lie within the web of initial programming and budgetary constraints, or is it a physical embodiment of purpose and spirit of place? In the case of the Joggins Fossil Centre on Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy coast, the inspiration has been over 300 million years in the making.

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Canada's most recently designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of the powerful geological edge between the mighty Bay of Fundy and the sleepy town of Joggins, a once-thriving coal-mining community. The sloping cliffs are the world's most comprehensive fossil record of life during the Carboniferous period, better known as the Coal Age, between 290 and 360 million years ago. As the world's highest tides consistently pound the rock face, the incessant erosion periodically reveals new examples of fossil life within the stratified layers. This ever-changing state makes the 16-kilometre-long fossil cliffs a world-renowned and active destination for scientists, paleontologists, and those who simply love to stroll the stunning location. More ...

Photo Craig Mosher

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