Adventure Western Alberta

At the Peyto Lake lookout

A ground level view up the tongue of the Saskatchewan Glacier

The 2006 edition of Adventures in Geography took place in late September and focussed on the physical and socio-economic geography of western and central Alberta. 

With stops at Athabasca Glacier, Peyto Lake, Maligne Lake and other scenic outlooks along the Icefields Highway, the tour moved from north to south and focussed on an investigation of the montane geology, geomorphology of the continental divide. 

At the Columbia Icefields, students learned about the Wisconsinan glaciation and global warming.  At Jasper and Banff, the group also studied tourist and environmental issues within the national park system specifically, and in the Rocky Mountain ecotone generally. 

Out in the valley of the Red Deer River, the class explored the geomorphology and mining history of the Alberta Badlands.  The trip was punctuated with a visit to the world famous Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology at Drumheller. 

If you've never been, it's as close to Jurassic Park as it gets.

Examining a coal seam in the Red Deer valley

Jenelle Spicer tip-toes through the ice floes
at Mt. Edith Cavell

Like Frodo in "Lord of the Rings", Steven Marsh
surveys the Athabasca valley from Marmot

Medicine Lake drains into the lower Maligne
River via an underground channel
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