Four Billion Years and Counting

canada’s geological heritage

THE BOOK


Four Billion Years and Counting: Canada's Geological Heritage
will present the latest view of Canada's fascinating geology and how this impacts upon the lives of all Canadians. This multifaceted story will be much more than a scenic tour. The book will demonstrate the influence of geology on our wealth and health.

The project to produce a popular book on the geology of Canada is a grassroots initiative of the geoscientific community. The book has been accepted as one of Canada's principal contributions to International Year of Planet Earth and it will be published by the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences.

CHAPTER GALLERY


Structure of the Book

PARTS AND CHAPTERS

Foreword by Roberta Bondar

Preface

Part 1: FOUNDATIONS

Chapter 1: On the Rocks

Chapter 2: Dance of the Continents

Chapter 3: It's About Time

Chapter 4: Fossils and the Bush of Life

Chapter 5: A Sedimentary Journey

Part 2: EVOLUTION OF CANADA

Chapter 6: Canada's Geological Geography

Chapter 7: Into Deepest Time (Canada 4,600 to 2,500 million years ago)

Chapter 8: Finishing the Foundations (Canada 2,500 to 1,800 million years ago)

Chapter 9: Breathing Space (Canada 1,800 to 750 million years ago)

Chapter 10: From Icehouse to Hothouse (Canada 750 to 390 Million Years Ago)

Chapter 11: Canada Crosses the Equator (Canada 390 to 250 million years ago)

Chapter 12: Pangaea Breaks Up (Canada 250 to 185 million years ago)

Chapter 13: Canada Emerges (Canada 185 to 55 million years ago)

Chapter 14: Canada Shapes Up (Canada 55 to 2 million years ago)

Chapter 15: Deep Freeze and Long Summer

Chapter 16: Peopling Canada

Chapter 17: The Modern Landscape

Part 3: WEALTH AND HEALTH

Chapter 18: Rocks to Riches

Chapter 19: Energizing Canada

Chapter 20: Building Canada

Chapter 21: Water: A Clear Necessity

Chapter 22: At the Beach

Chapter 23: On Dangerous Ground

Chapter 24: Environmental Impacts

Chapter 25: Northern Exposures

Chapter 26: Blowing Hot and Cold

Part 4: CANADA NOW

Chapter 27: Finale

DETAILED BREAKDOWN OF CHAPTERS

Throughout the book there will be a range of "boxes" on subjects that provide extra background on specific subjects:

BOXES ON THE BOOKS

Minerals - Getting to the Core - Rocks of the Deep - Extraterrestrial Visitors - Life Rocks - Spheres of Influence - Wobbling Around - Remote Sensing - Seismic - Lithoprobe - Banded Iron Formations and Stromatolites - Red Beds - The Burgess Shale - Evaporites - Fish - Cretaceous Park - The Rockies - Mammals - Permafrost - Gros Morne - Black Smokers - Uranium - The Carbon Cycle - Political Rocks - Offshore Surficial Mapping