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  1. Actually, there are alot more than two mountain ranges in western Canada. The Canadian Cordillera (the answer I was looking for) is composed of the Rocky Mountains, Wernecke Mountains, Mackenzie Mountains, Ogilvie Mountains, Franklin Mountains, Pelly Mountains, Selwyn Mountains, Cassiar Mountains, Omineca Mountains, Columbia Mountains, Skeena Mountains, Coastal Mountains and Saint Elias Mountains. The Laurentian Mountains are actually part of a much older mountain range of the Grenville geological province; a billion year old range composed of some of the youngest rocks of the Canadian Shield. They are flanked to the southeast by a younger mountain range named the ____________ Mountains, which are about half the age of the Laurentian Mountains. The third range I have in mind occurs in arctic Canada...any guesses?
  2. name the ones you know, and I'll give hints on the third one
  3. I think it could be that the 'guess the number' game is getting old. Could also be that some are away on vacation. I'll bite on taking the next question. Canada is bookended by three major mountain belts. Name them.
  4. did you expect to have to wear a winter coat ? FYI, Toronto is only slightly more north than the northen border of Nevada (by about 1 degree latitude). We may report our temperatures using smaller numbers (with the temperature that water solidifies as a baseline), but that doesn't mean it suddenly gets colder once you cross into Canada. I expect that you'll find more trouble adjusting to the high humidity than a difference in temperature.
  5. You've obviously never been to Canada. Let me assure you, we are much worst than that. Our witch hunts usually involve flaming hockey sticks to melt the accused's igloo and afterward set the guilty on fire. Why don't you run a pocket query along a route? Try Calgary to Lake Louise? No point looking for caches between Lake Louise and Jasper, Parks Canada doesn't allow caches in the national parks. However, I believe there might be a few caches in Banff and Lake Louise that are grandfathered that you may like to check out. The staff at in Jasper NP cleaned out the park of caches, where as the staff at Banff NP didn't really bother. As for caching in Calgary, drop a line in these forums: http://forums.calgarycachers.net , but make sure you spell the name of the city properly, or the illiterates might get irate edit: correction for my illiteracy
  6. The fourth that I was thinking of is on the Gaspe Peninsula, so technically in the province of Quebec. Whether that is in Atlantic Canada or not, I suppose is up to guiderchachi for the purpose of this question. If guiderchachi is satisfied with the answers already here, I'll let the next question go to Tomtec since he got two of them whereas I got one.
  7. You got two of them, Where's the other one? Guiderchachi I had to look this up, so I've now taken myself out of the running. We have actually listed three of them, the two that TOMTEC listed and Gros Morne. Mistaken Point has been submitted as a candidate to become a UNESCO site, and still awaiting approval. Guiderachi is right, we are still looking for one more.
  8. I believe Mistaken Point for its assemblage of Neoproterozic fossils and Gros Morne for being a world class example of oceanic crust obducted onto continental crust are also UNESCO sites.
  9. Baker Lake it is! Over to you Binrat!
  10. 17%, or 74 of my 421 finds since 2004 have been archived
  11. Close! Rankin Inlet is about 250 km southeast of the community I have in mind.
  12. Next question. What community is nearest to the geographic centre of Canada?
  13. great circles are projected as straight lines?
  14. shearzone

    Midwest Geobash

    It's all relative to the american eastern seaboard. In a way, it's kind of like how we classify the near-east, middle-east and far-east with respect to North America. I have had this discussion with many people from all over Canada. This is a topic that many Canadians are passionate about, particularly during discussion over beer(s). In my experience, I have found that Canadians from Ontario (including me) and eastward generally classify eastern, central and western Canada based on population distribution, that is, they will call the Atlantic provinces eastern Canada, Quebec and Ontario central Canada and BC and the prairie provinces western Canada. In contrast, Canadians from Manitoba to British Columbia generally only recognize a two-fold division based on geography, with the boundary between eastern Canada and western Canada at the Manitoba-Ontario border. The western Canadians that do recognize a central Canada insist it is in Manitoba, the geographic east-west of Canada, not Ontario, which is the population centre of Canada. Now that I am in Alberta, I refrain from using the terms 'eastern Canada' and 'western Canada', but rather, I explicitly state the provinces I am refering to. However, I have been known to refer to the Atlantic provinces as far-eastern Canada . In the end, it's all a matter of perspective.
  15. you have yet to log a find?! What do you mean they are getting on your bad side?!
  16. I recommend stopping for a soak at the Canyon Hotsprings Earthcache (GCQMJ1) on the Roger's Pass between Golden and Revelstoke.
  17. I can think of a few candidates, but I'm going to guess Venezuela? As for the drop, I'll guess 200 m?
  18. I, as an aspiring geologist, love the idea of earthcaches. When they are they are done well, they are my favorite type of cache. Given the new requirements, earthcaches can and should be among the more spectacular and/or educational caches out there. In my experience, many (but certainly not all) earthcaches out there actually do feature a geologically-interesting site. The problem is, many people who submit earthcaches for publication are not geologists (which is obviously not a requirement), but more importantly, they do not do the necessary research to actually be able to explain the 'WoW factor' to the layperson. I'm not in anyway saying that only geologists should submit earthcaches, but I am saying that earthcaches, given their educational nature, should require more attention to detail in the write-up on behalf of the author in order to ensure every finder be able to understand the elusive wow-factor so many hold dear. Take my earthcache (GCZDAF: Mazama Ash - Edmonton ) for example. This cache took by far the longest of any of my caches to develop, and I didn't even need to set a physical cache. Furthermore, the ash horizon that I ask the finders to seek out is a mere 1-2 cm thick among a 2-3 m thick exposure of flood plain deposits from the North Saskatchewan. The wow factor in this earthcache that I hope most finders take away with them is that the ash was spewed out of a volcano in Oregon 6800 years ago, and was carried by winds all the way to Edmonton! If finders understand this, this seemingly insignificant horizon becomes much more spectacular. I would hope (and expect) that other developers of earthcaches, regardless of the grandeur of the highlighted feature, would be able to explain the attraction well enough for subsequent finders to say 'wow!'
  19. I know the answer, but I'll give others a crack at it first. When the ice dam that held the water broke, sea level rose incredibly fast!
  20. Hmmm. Now I'm left wondering how I can call attention to the limestone from the local quarry used in the construction of the WalMart in town Most of the limestone in eastern and southern Ontario are ~400 million year old, and much of it is rich in fossils. Take a look and see if you can find any!
  21. This is not a scientific journal where intellectual property is taken seriously. In fact, I'm sure the authors of the text would be happy to find out that their text may reach a wider audience through this medium. As long as credit/reference is given to the original authors, I see no problem with this.
  22. This is the first time I've been able to check the forum since arriving in Yellowknife. The answer given is not exactly what I was looking for, but it will do for the sake of keeping the quiz going. The answer to what the seven tallest peaks in the Canadian Rockies are that the strata that compose them are all horizontally bedded, the most stable orientation of bedding. Intuitively, it makes sense. Think of how you would stack a pile of books. On the side with the largest surface area, of course. If you arrange them vertically, you would need bookends to keep them from falling over. If you piled them at any other angle, they would slide off the pile. To answer this, plate collision in the rockies has ended, thus the mountains are no longer rising due to plate convergence. Nonetheless, thanks CA for taking over for me to keep the geopub quiz going in my absence
  23. I'm leaving for a weeklong roadtrip to Yellowknife. The answer to the question has been left with CA in case I can't follow up on this question.
  24. if someone stacked a pile of books at an angle of 45 degrees, would it be stable for long?
  25. The seven tallest peaks of the Canadian Rockies have something in common. What is it? Hint: it has something to do with the orientation of strata that compose them.
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