Reading the Rocks
A Biography of Ancient AlbertaAuthor Monique Keiran ISBN 9780889952881 Binding Trade Cloth Publisher Red Deer Press Inc Publication Date July 12, 2004 Size 203 x 279 mm
Alberta is one of the few places in the world where the past touches the present so directly and profoundly. From Devonian pools plumbed by today's oil and gas industry, to Jurassic seams mined for coal, to a tourist's view of Cenozoic grasslands bordering the majestic Rockies, the livelihood and recreation of most Albertans is touched directly by the ancient past. Alberta's geological history stretches from the Precambrian Era, 500 million years ago, to the end of the Pleistocene Epoch, a mere 10,000 years ago.
Drawing on this rich storehouse of evidence, scientists at the world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, working with veteran natural history writer Monique Keiran, offer a dramatic and vividly detailed chronicle of the province's geological history.
With over 200 full-color photographs, and 45 maps, timelines, and line drawings, this easy-to-read volume starts with the Big Bang and ends with the modern era - everything readers need to know about the making of ancient Alberta and the extraordinary story found when reading the rocks.
is a writer and editor who has spent many years writing about and exploring Alberta's parks, environment, science and heritage. Monique has a long working relationship with the Royal Tyrrell Museum and other museums across North America. She now makes her home in Victoria, British Columbia, but remains dedicated to telling the stories of Alberta's ancient past.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum, located in the heart of Alberta's badlands, is Canada's only museum devoted exclusively to the collection, research and display of palaeontology, with special emphasis on Alberta's fossil heritage. This world-renowned facility attracts almost 400,000 visitors annually, and has one of the largest dinosaur exhibits in the world, with forty complete dinosaur skeletons and more than 800 fossils on display. Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum web site at www.tyrrellmuseum.com.
"It's a must-have for amateur paleontologists and serious rock hounds."
— The Edmonton Journal
"A wonderful resource."
— Innovation Alberta
"Well illustrated and well told."
— Calgary Herald