Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences:
the coordinated voice for Canadian Earth Sciences

The Mission of CFES is to be the coordinated voice of the Earth science community in Canada, ensuring that decision makers and the general public understand the contributions of Earth sciences to Canadian society and the Canadian economy

What is CFES - what does CFES do?

CFES/FCST was established in 2006 as the successor to the Canadian Geoscience Council (CGC). CFES is an umbrella organization of 12 Canadian member societies and 2 cooperative groups (the list of member organizations is here). Our constituency represents industry (minerals, hydrocarbons, environmental/geotechnical), government (Provincial/Territorial Geological Surveys) and Academia, in total, an estimated 20,000 Canadian earth scientists.  CFES/FCST also closely cooperates with 4 observer organizations.

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News & Events

Oct 22, 2014

Today, the Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources, launched the Women in Mining Career Connections information guide. As the first publication of its kind in Newfoundland and Labrador, the guide is a unique educational tool designed for students and teachers at the intermediate, senior high and post-secondary levels.

The information guide includes questions to consider when choosing a career in the province’s mineral resource industry and personal profiles of female workers. The guide also provides a diverse list of career options and other resources to support women with career and employment goals.

The guide is available at

Press release:

Oct 15, 2014
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1. Report on 6th UNESCO Geoparks Conference, Stonehammer
2. Update for Geoheritage Task Group
3. Celebrate Geologic Map Day (Oct. 17, 2014)
4. IUGS at China Mining 2014, Tianjin (Oct. 20-23, 2014)
5. 3rd United Nations’ World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai (Mar. 2015)
6. Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point - A New Information Portal
7. Databases of Outcrops Worldwide
8. NASA Satellite Images database
9. New Masters Program In Forensic Geology
Oct 7, 2014

"Four Billion Years and Counting - Canada's Geological Heritage" has been released.  In 416 large colourful pages, read of a fascinating exploration of Canada's geology for everyone intrigued by the landscape and the vital connection between ourselves and what lies beneath our feet.  Co-published by CFES and Nimbus Publishing, this book is now available in English for $39.95.  Orders may be placed directly with Nimbus, or contact your Earth Science society or association for purchasing options.

Book launches are being planned for Calgary, Ottawa and Halifax. So far the Halifax launch is scheduled at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, on November 5th, 7 to 9 p.m.  Details about the other events will follow.

Full details in the attached flier.

Sep 28, 2014

The 2014 Fall Council Meeting and Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences will be held in Ottawa on Friday November 28th (5-9 pm) and Saturday November 29th (8 am -5 pm).

Meeting location: Gendron Hall, room 080 in the Biosciences Complex (30 Marie Curie) on the University of Ottawa campus.

Sep 28, 2014

A new study shows water in certain stretches of the 542-kilometre Fraser Canyon in British Columbia is flowing ‘upside-down’, a discovery that helps explain why the canyon walls remain so steep.

Researchers discovered that high velocity water flows down into deep pools and then upwells along the canyon walls, such that the water along the bottom flowing faster than at the top. They employed a raft-mounted acoustic device that used the Doppler effect from sound waves to determine how fast water flows at various points and depths along the Fraser River.

This is the opposite to most rivers, where the water near the bottom is slowed by friction. The fast-moving flow scours the bottom and sides of the canyon rather than depositing sediment as slower-moving water would; this keeps the cliffs sheer.

The hydraulic study helps us understand the critical role of climate-linked processes like erosion in forming mountain ranges, which in turn affect the climate and soil conditions for those living near them.

Original research paper published in the journal Nature on September 24, 2014.

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