Field trips

Deadline for registration for PRE and POST Congress field trips is May 14th, 2018.

PRE Congress 

MID Congress 

POST Congress  

• To be officially registered for a field trip, payment must be received by May 14th, 2018.
• Participants must provide proof of insurance coverage valid in Canada prior to participation in the field trip.
• All participants must sign a liability waiver form that will be provided prior to participation in the field trip.
• Field trips will only take place if the minimum number of participants is reached. Participants registered for a canceled field trip will be offered to register for another field trip or will be fully reimbursed.


Field trip PRE Congress

FT PRE 1. 
Depositional controls and sedimentology of the Lower Cretaceous McMurray Formation

Integration of outcrops, modern environments, geochemistry, geomicrobiology, petrophysics, seismic, and production data

Outstanding 60-80 m high exposures of the Lower Cretaceous McMurray Formation, drill hole data from behind outcrops and regional subsurface mapping provide a strong basis for understanding depositional controls and sedimentological aspects of this fluvial to marine transgressive succession and the discussion. Discussion topics include: Bedrock control on fluvial and tidal sedimentation; local to continental scale paleo-drainage systems and sediment provenance; stratigraphy in low-accommodation settings; implications of the backwater effect within the fluvial-marine transition. Architectural elements of the fluvial-marine transition including: open estuaries; small-scale stacked channel deposits; tidal-flat deposits and large-scale tidal-fluvial point bar successions. Process sedimentological analysis of tidal-fluvial point bars including: Types and genesis of mudstone-clast breccias; quantitative geometric understanding of inclined heterolithic stratification (IHS) and the processes, which form it (i.e., seasonality, metre-scale cycles etc.); chute channel deposits and geometric expression; evidence for debris flows; controls on mud deposition and preservation in the fluvial-marine transition.

Field trip leader(s): Milovan Fustic (Geological Survey of Canada, Canada), Rudy Strobl (EnerFox Enterprises Geoscience Services, Canada), Daryl Wightman (Rock Doc Consulting Ltd, Canada)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 14 to 18
Departure/Return: Fort McMurray (Alberta)
Duration: 2.5 day
Date: August 9th to August 10th, 2018
Trip starts in the afternoon (3 PM) on Thursday, August 9th and ends on Saturday evening, August 10th at 5 PM. This allow participants to take overnight flight to QC (via Toronto) or early Sunday flights.
$ 1090 CAD (includes 2 nights accommodation (double occupancy), 1 group dinner, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunch boxes).
Note that flights to and from Ft. McMurray for participants are not included. 


Details on two additional PRE Congress field trips will be available in the coming days...

Field trip MID Congress

FT MID 1. The Upper Ordovician Taconic foreland succession near Quebec City

Transition between the Precambrian gneisses, Ordovician carbonate and clastic foreland units, Montmorency falls (Photo: D. Lavoie). 

In eastern North America, the Late Ordovician was a time of marked changes in both the tectonic setting and in paleo-oceanographic conditions at the margin of Laurentia. The rapidly foundering of the warm- to ultimately cool-water like carbonate ramp was succeeded by organic matter rich black shales, a current target for shale gas development, and overlying flysch.
The excursion will examine the rapid facies, faunal and geochemical evolution from warm-water to cool-water like carbonate facies as well as examining the transition from the carbonate ramp to a deep fine-grained clastic succession.

Field trip leader(s): Denis Lavoie (Geological Survey of Canada, Canada)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 40 to 80
Departure/Return: Québec City
Duration: 1 day
Date: August 15th, 2018
Cost: $ 100 

FT MID 2. Visit of the INRS’ large-scale laboratories

The large-scale flume making waves.

The laboratories for scientific and technological innovation in environment (LISTE) are located in the Metropolitan Québec Technology Park, because they are too large to be hosted within conventional laboratories. Three facilities will be visited:
The Environmental hydraulics Laboratory, is one of the largest in the world: 120 m long, 5 m wide, and 5 m deep. It has a wave maker, can reproduce tides and generate currents, to perform simulations at scale from 1:5 to 1:1 for application such as modelling the stability profile of beaches, modelling sedimentation in ports and marinas, studying the interaction between waves and currents on coastal and offshore structures.
The CT-Scan lab is equipped with a medical CT-Scanner and a wide range of instruments with a special focus on the study of sediments. It is the only laboratory in the world allowing the in-vivo study of sedimentary dynamics with a hydraulic mini-flumes that reproduces one-way currents, waves, and gravity currents, and that can be inserted within the CT-scanner. Hence, it enables the study of turbulence (by PIV), bathymetry, and suspended sediment concentrations (by CT scan) simultaneously and without perturbation of the dynamic system. Sediment cores are analysed routinely.
• The Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory is a technological platform that enables the development and scaling up of industrial bioprocesses from residual materials or synthetic media. The industrial bioproducts can be enzymes, bioplastics, biopesticides, biofuels, solvents, surfactants, biocleansing, agents, platform molecules, and many others. The facility includes two instrumented fermentation laboratories, one reserved for waste and the other for synthetic media in order to avoid any contamination. Each fermentation laboratory has its own bioreactors (of 5-, 15-, 150-, and 2000-litre capacity).

Field trip leader(s): Damien Pham Van Bang, Mathieu DesRoche et Louis-Frédéric Daigle (INRS-ETE)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 12 to 50
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Duration: 2 hours on site, with a 15 minutes ride to the site
Date: August 15th, 2018
Cost: $
5 (for school bus transportation to the laboratory)

FT MID 3. Archaeology, Landscape and Quebec City History

Photo credits to come...

Come join two archaeologists from Laval University to lead you through a 2 km walking tour of Old Quebec where they will share with you their knowledge of the city where they work as archaeologists. The group will meet at the Dufferin Terrace overlooking the port of entry to North America where salt and fresh water meet. After a brief description of the local landscape, the presence of First Nations and the founding of Quebec in 1608, the group walk through the oldest park in North America and then we will head up to the Citadel to discuss the fortified city. Next, we head to Morrin College a historic prison which later served as an English language college. We will then descend to Lower Town to see the Intendant’s Palace where New France’s Intendant administered justice and looked after the economic development of the colony. While in Lower Town we will walk along St. Paul Street known for its restaurants and antiquarian shops. The tour ends at Place Royale the heart of North America French culture with its picturesque 18th-century reconstructions. While the tour ends in Place Royale, participants are invited to join the archaeologists for refreshments at the Auberge Saint-Antoine, a local hotel renowned for the hundreds of artifacts on display, artifacts excavated by your hosts!  

Field trip leader(s): Allison Bain and Réginald Auger (Université Laval, Canada)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 10 to 40
Departure/Return: Terrace Dufferin, Québec City, 14h00
Duration: 3 hours (hats, good shoes for walking and water bottles are recommended)
Date: August 15th, 2018
Cost: Free

FT MID 4. Québec, a Fortified City: Geological and Historical Heritage

Panorama of the reliefs associated with the three geological provinces in the Quebec City region (Photo: J.-F. Bureau, Geological Survey of Canada, 2007)

Quebec City is located at the junction of three geological provinces, bestowing upon it a unique geological panorama, which includes a historical district that dates back to the first days of the colony. Since 2004, Natural Resources Canada has been organizing, in collaboration with Parks Canada, a multidisciplinary urban tour through the streets of Old Quebec, combining geology and history. Quebec City’s geological history goes back more than a billion years and can be explained by plate tectonics. According to this theory, the Earth’s crust is divided into plates that slowly move against one another. At each of the selected stops, field trip participants will discover clues to a long-disappeared ocean, the movement of massive rock masses over long distances, up to the very threshold of the city, and the passage of immense glaciers that covered the region for thousands of years. We live on a dynamic planet and various elements remind us of this on a periodic basis. We will also see how earthquakes and scree are the results of the region’s geological heritage. Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the only city in North America to have retained major parts of its original defence system. The Fortifications of Quebec are a 4.6-km-long defence system that encircle the Upper Town promontory. Like nowhere else in North America, the old city’s defence system follows a classic urban style, characterized by flanking, defence in depth, adaptation to the city’s topography and urban layout. More than just the vestiges of the military art of war, the Fortifications of Quebec also bear witness to the era of fortified cities between the 17th and 19th centuries. Everywhere within Old Quebec’s walls, you can feel the military presence that dominated the city and is a reminder that the city’s past was punctuated by the beat of the war drum.

Field trip leader(s): Sébastien Castonguay (GSC) and Park Canada
Number of participants (Min/Max): 1 to 20
Departure/Return: Québec City
Duration: 3-4 hours walking tour
Date: August 15th, 2018
Cost: Free

FT MID 5. Wabanakii Mikotan – Abenaki Experience

Permanent exhibit - Wôbanaki : People of the rising sun. Studio du Ruisseau © SMQ

Discover the cultural richness of the Abenaki People!
Guided tour of the Waban-Aki, People of the Rising Sun permanent exhibit;
Viewing of The creation story multimedia show; 
Visit of the Catholic church and chapel;
Traditional meal (sagamite, bannock, smoked fish, salad, fiddleheads, dessert, coffee/tea);
Traditional basketry workshop demonstration;
• Legends and storytelling (only for group of 25 or more)

Field trip leader(s): Geneviève Treyvaud (INRS-ETE and Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 12 to 50
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre
Duration: 4 hours on site and 2 hours ride to go and 2 hours back through the countryside of the “Basse-Terre”
Date: August 15th, 2018
Cost: $ 85 CAD (taxes included)

Field trip POST Congress

FT POST 1. The Stratigraphic Record of the End-Ordovician Mass Extinction on a Storm-Dominated Carbonate Ramp, Anticosti Island, Eastern Canada

Chute Vauréal (Photo: ©René Bourque)

Carbonate sedimentary rocks like those superbly exposed on Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St-Lawrence are, if correctly ordered and interpreted, an inventory of considerable information for helping decipher the cause-and-effect relationships within the ocean-atmosphere-biosphere system in the deep geological time. The Upper Ordovician to lower Silurian Anticosti succession consists of approximately 900 m of undeformed fossil-rich limestone and minor siliciclastic rocks that were deposited on a storm-dominated tropical carbonate ramp. Thick, lithologically repetitive successions like those in Anticosti Island, however, present a challenge to a stratigrapher attempting high-resolution correlation of such units even at a regional scale. By integrating sequence sedimentology with species-based biostratigraphic packages and chemostratigraphic profiles, we are now able to produce high-resolution stratigraphic models and to provide insight into the End-Ordovician mass extinction. 

Field trip leader(s): André Desrochers (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 12 to 16
Departure/Return: Québec City
Duration: 6 days
Date: August 18th to 23rd, 2018
Cost: $ 1 975 CAD (includes charter plane Quebec City-Anticosti Island, cozy accommodation, all meals, transportation by 4X4 vehicles, field guidebooks)
Note: Funding is available to offset the cost of the field trip for young researchers (PhD, PDF); please contact the field trip leader directly.


FT POST 2. Upper Cretaceous stratigraphy, depositional environments, and reservoir geology of the Henry Mountains region, southern Utah

Tilted Ferron outcrops along the Caineville Reef (Photo: J. P. Bhattacharya)

This trip will focus on world-class exposures of the Upper Cretaceous succession in the Henry Mountains Syncline of southern Utah adjacent to the world-renowned Capitol Reef National Park and other scenic attractions. The stratigraphy comprises the Dakota Formation, Mancos Shale (Tununk Shale, Ferron Sandstone, Blue Gate Shale), Muley Canyon Sandstone, Masuk Formation, and Tarantula Mesa Sandstone, and collectively is equivalent to the well-known succession of the Book Cliffs, 100 km to the north. The succession is spectacularly exposed in three dimensions at scales ranging up to that of entire depositional systems, allowing investigation of stratal stacking patterns at all levels. The trip will focus primarily on the Turonian Ferron Sandstone, which has been extensively investigated by both trip leaders and their students over the past 12 years (leading to numerous publications in the international, peer-reviewed research literature). Among the geological features exposed in the Ferron Sandstone are incised valley fills, distributary channel deposits, and growth faulted delta front deposits. Stratal stacking patterns are exposed in both depositional dip-parallel and strike-parallel transects, and have been interpreted to record sediment accumulation under strong forcing from falling sea-level. 

Field trip leader(s): Janok P. Bhattacharya (McMaster University, Canada) and Christopher R. Fielding (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 12 to 20
Departure/Return: Salt Lake City (USA)/Salt Lake City (USA)
Duration: 6 days
Date: August 18th to 23rd, 2018 
The trip starts and finishes in Salt Lake City (USA). Please, Participant needs to arrange to be at Salt Lake City Airport on August 18th at 4:00 pm for the start of the field trip. Field Trip ends in SLC at 5:00 pm. 
Please also note that some participants may need visas to enter the USA. 

Cost: $ 2100 CAD. Includes accommodation, breakfasts, lunches and one supper, ground transportation. Travel from Québec City to Salt lake City is not included.


This field trip is sponsored by SEPM.

FT POST 3. The Paleozoic and Mesozoic basins of Atlantic Canada 

Fundy Basin at 5 Islands showing the Lower Jurassic McCoy Brook Formation to the left, the North Mountain Basalt (201- 202 ma) at center and the Late Triassic Blomidon Formation to the right. The tidal range along the coast is 15m (Photo: C. Wong). 

The field trip will provide an overview of the Paleozoic and Mesozoic basins of the Maritimes of Atlantic Canada. We will begin in the Cumberland Basin examining fluvial sediments of the Cumberland Basin, a salt withdrawal basin where rates of accommodation were so rapid that trees of the Carboniferous forest were preserved upright. Syndepositional collapse structures, channel bodies and coal deposits of the Carboniferous section will be viewed along the cliffs of the Joggins UNESCO World Heritage site.
The trip will then continue to examine the rift succession of the Mesozoic Fundy Basin. We will study the Triassic succession of fluvial sediments, followed by aeolian strata with 5m dune sets, with deposits of playa lakes above. The succession ends with the flood basalts of the failed Fundy rift at the beginning of the Jurassic.
This field trip will be held in conjunction with the Conjugate Margins Conference Halifax 2018

Field trip leader(s): Grant Wach (Dalhousie University, Canada), David Keighley (University of New Brunswick, Canada) and Ricardo Silva (Dalhousie University, Canada)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 5 to 15
Departure/Return: Halifax (Nova Scotia)
Duration: 2 days
Date: August 18th to 19th, 2018 (one night)
The trip begins Saturday departing Halifax at 7 AM and returning to Halifax by 7 PM.
Cost: $ 350 CAD including meals (lobster dinner, two lunches, one breakfast),
one-night accommodation and ground transport.
Participants must arrange their own flights to and from Halifax. Flights are NOT included in the field trip costs.

FT POST 4. The Lower Paleozoic Rocks of the Gaspé Peninsula

Massive algal-stromatoporoid-bacterial reef front, Upper Silurian, Gaspé Peninsula, Québec (Photo: D. Lavoie).

The Paleozoic succession in eastern Quebec consists of Cambrian-Upper Ordovician deep marine passive margin to foreland continental slope deposits. After the Middle-Late Ordovician Taconian Orogeny, sedimentation during the Early Silurian to Early Devonian was dominated by clastic deposits with however, two major shallow marine carbonate successions rich in cryptomicrobial and metazoan fauna and local reefs.
The excursion will allow observing the various types of faunal-rich, platform-derived limestone conglomerates that are used to correlate the thick fine-grained dominated Cambrian-Upper Ordovician deep-water succession. The Silurian carbonate facies will be a highlight of the trip with exquisite examples of diverse cryptomicrobial constructions as well as deep stromatactis-rich mud mounds and fringing reefs. The field trip will be concluded with a visit at the Museum of Miguasha Park, a world heritage UNESCO site with its spectacular collection of Late Devonian fishes.

Field trip leader(s): Michel Malo (Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Canada) and Denis Lavoie (Geological Survey of Canada, Canada)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 8 to 14
Departure/Return: Québec City
Duration: 5 days
Date: August 18th to 22nd, 2018
Cost: $ 950 CAD 
Note: price includes breakfasts and lunches, accommodation on shared room basis and ground transport.

FT POST 5. Landforms, sedimentary facies and stratigraphic architecture of a deglacial, forced-regressive context: the Québec North Shore

Exposures of glacio-isostatically uplifted Late-Quaternary proglacial and paraglacial deltaic and coastal deposits at the mouth of the Portneuf River, Québec North Shore (Photo: P. Lajeunesse)

The landscape and Quaternary geology of the Québec North-Shore, i.e., the north shore of the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence, are characterized by the occurrence of a series of thick and extensive deltaic complexes composed of gravel, sand and mud. These deltaic systems were initiated during the retreat of the Laurentide Ice Sheet from the region between 12000 and 10 500 years ago in a context of falling relative sea level.
This trip will allow the observation of glacio-isostatically uplifted successions of subglacial, glaciomarine, deltaic and paraglacial sediments that are well-exposed along the modern shoreline between Tadoussac (mouth of the Saguenay Fjord) and the town of Franquelin. Terrestrial glacial, glaciofluvial and glaciolacustrine landsystems associated with phases of stabilization and/or readvances of the Laurentide Ice Sheet margin during the Younger Dryas will also be visited inland. 

Field trip leader(s): Patrick Lajeunesse (Université Laval, Canada), Jean-François Ghienne (CNRS & Université de Strasbourg, France), Pierre Dietrich (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Antoine Morissette (Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 10 to 20
Departure/Return: Québec City
Duration: 4 days
Date: August 19th to 22nd, 2018
Cost: $ 1 380 CAD

FT POST 6. Chemical and Biochemical Deposition on a Paleoproterozoic Shelf: The Gunflint Formation and Overlying Ejecta of the Sudbury Impact Layer

1.85 billion-year-old Sudbury ejecta horizon (left) and contemporaneous stromatolite and iron carbonate grainstone from the Gunflint Formation (right)(Photos: P. Pufahl)

The 1878±1 Ma Gunflint Formation became famous in 1954 when Tyler and Barghoorn published an article in Science on the occurrence of fossil bacteria in dense black chert near the base of the formation. This was the first definitive proof of life in the Precambrian, and generated a rush to explore for microfossils in similar Proterozoic environments. Pictures of the famous Gunflint microbiota are in most historical geology text books. The presence of large iron ore deposits in correlative sedimentary rocks in the United States, and access to an extensive drill-core inventory, has led to a profound understanding of the sedimentology and stratigraphy of these iron formations and siliciclastic sediments. In addition, studies of both lateral and vertical geochemical variations in shore to shelf-break transects has yielded a wealth of information about the paleoceanography of this Precambrian shelf. Consequently, the Gunflint Formation and related units to the south are probably the best understood succession of Proterozoic chemical and siliciclastic sedimentary rocks in the world. After iron formation deposition ended, at ~1850 Ma, a 10-km-wide meteorite impacted near what is now Sudbury, Ontario, creating the second largest known impact structure on Earth. The ejecta from this impact blankets the top of the Gunflint Formation and separates it from the carbonaceous shales of the overlying Rove Formation. Numerous outcrops in and around Thunder Bay, Ontario highlight the ejecta layer’s sedimentologic features, providing a robust record of the depositional processes that accompany a high-velocity impact. In many ways, this record is better than that of the K-T boundary event. This fieldtrip is designed to explore the sedimentology and microbiology of iron formation through an appreciation of the biotic and abiotic precipitation processes that led to its accumulation. These processes will be interpreted in a sequence stratigraphic context to provide a framework for understanding the complex paragenesis of iron formation lithofacies. The presence of the Sudbury ejecta horizon offers a unique opportunity to investigate base-surge and tsunami deposits that punctuated iron formation deposition.

Field trip leader(s): Philip W. Fralick (Lakehead University, Canada), Peir K. Pufahl (Acadia University), and Kurt O. Konhauser (University of Alberta)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 12 to 30
Departure/Return: Thunder Bay (Ontario)
Duration: 5 days (travel to and from Thunder Bay on Day 1 and Day 5)
Date: August 18th to 22
nd, 2018
Cost: $ 775 CAD
Note: Participants are required to arrange for their own transportation to and from Thunder Bay. Participants are also responsible for their own breakfast and dinner, but lunch will be provided


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