Thursday, 3 October 2019
0700–2030 | Dinosaur Provincial Park, Calgary, Alberta
Registration Fee: CAD 750 + GST
The succession at Dinosaur Provincial Park provides a window into Cretaceous river systems, while allowing the chance to examine some of the richest dinosaur-bearing sediments in the world. Participants will spend the day hiking in the picturesque badlands of the Natural Preserve in Dinosaur Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Park’s status is due to a combination of its diverse fossil resources, large area of badlands and the cottonwood riparian biozone of the Red Deer River. The rocks of the Park (Oldman and Dinosaur Park formations) represent a Late Cretaceous alluvial plain that preserves the most abundant and diverse dinosaur dominated assemblage on earth.
Following a two-hour drive from Calgary participants will hike/walk to both historic and current paleontological sites in the Park. Emphasis will be placed on the modes of preservation of fossil vertebrates, ranging from isolated bones, micro vertebrate sites, monodominant horned dinosaur bonebeds and associated and articulated dinosaur skeletons, with examples of each. Note that Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and that the collection of specimens is absolutely forbidden.
During the field trip, there will also be opportunities to examine the fluvial sedimentology and architecture of the Oldman and younger Dinosaur Park Formations, which comprise braided and meandering fluvial systems, as well as the transition between the two depositional styles. The sequence stratigraphic implications of these changes will be discussed, and their potential impact on the contrasting reservoir character and potential production of these fluvial deposits considered.
The rocks in the Park are exposed over an area of around 75 km2, exposed along a 28 km stretch of the Red Deer River. The sediments exposed here form part of the fill of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.
Field Trip Leader:
Jon Noad, Gran Tierra Energy
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