Acorn Press has released Island at the Centre of the World by John Calder, a look at the geological history of Prince Edward Island.
PEI has a history. But its story begins far, far beyond the birth of the nation, the arrival of European settlers, the Mi’kmaq, or even the first humans. Its story is older than the Island, which was born of climate change and rising seas 7,000 years ago.
The red cliffs of the Island have their origins in a world some 290 million years ago. The rocks of the island province were deposited as rivers coursed their way through the tropical heart of Pangea, a giant landmass formed by moving continents. The part of the Earth that would one day become PEI lay at the centre of this world, and felt the its intense monsoon rains and withering dry seasons. This was the beginning of the Age of Reptiles that preceded the dinosaurs, and the landscapes, dryland forests, and animal life of that time are all recorded here across PEI. The L’Nuk, or Mi’kmaq, witnessed the birth of this Island thousands of years ago.
Dr. John Calder is an internationally recognized scientist/geoscientist/geologist, author, educator, commentator and photographer. His passion is sharing the story of the Earth, for which he was awarded the H.R. Ward Neale Medal of the Geological Association of Canada for excellence in communicating geoscience to Canadians. He was the lead scientist in the designation of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs of Nova Scotia as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. John is author of The Joggins Fossil Cliffs: Coal Age Galápagos and more than 200 scientific publications on the region’s geology.
Dr. John Calder will launch Island at the Centre of the World at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, July 15 at 2 pm. All are welcome to attend.