On Saturday, September 30, the IAT held its annual North America Council Meeting at Joggins Fossil Centre, Nova Scotia, part of Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The meeting included chapter updates, website and social media, mapping, international gatherings, and fundraising.

The Council gathering began the night before with dinner and refreshments at the Pump House Brewery in Moncton, New Brunswick.

In the morning the scene shifted to Joggins for the 6-hour meeting, followed by a tour of the Centre and Cliffs by Nova Scotia Geologist and IATNS enthusiast John Calder who was instrumental in the development of Joggins as a world class tourism and education facility.

Bill Duffy giving an update on IAT Mapping

Joggins is renowned as the best place in the world to see fossils that show the biodiversity of the Coal Age.

Geologist John Calder discussing the geology of Joggins

More than 300 million years ago, Joggins was home to giant insects, towering trees and the first known reptiles. Outside the modern building in the ancient cliffs below the Centre visitors can view various fossils emerging from the sandstone including fossil trees and reptiles.

View of a section of Joggins Fossil Cliffs

Visitors can also sit and read about the local geology or how it connects to the bigger Appalachian picture!

IAT Chief Geologist Walter Anderson taking it all in

For more on Joggins, visit their website….. or take a walk along their cliffs!!

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