Science Pub Talk features Saskatchewan - 'Not Just Flat’

By Costa Maragos Posted: November 21, 2017 1:45 p.m.

Dr. Janis Dale is the featured speaker at the U of R’s latest Science Pub Series. Here she shares some of her favourite Saskatchewan spots you’re encouraged to check out.
Dr. Janis Dale is the featured speaker at the U of R’s latest Science Pub Series. Here she shares some of her favourite Saskatchewan spots you’re encouraged to check out. Photo by Rae Graham - U of R Photography


Dr. Janis Dale, Associate Professor in the Department of Geology, remembers the first time she spotted Saskatchewan’s Qu’Appelle Valley.

“It was the first feature I saw in Saskatchewan from an airplane window and it blew me away,” says Dale.

Since that sighting, Dale has been blown away by the variety and number of Saskatchewan’s geological features.  

Dale is the featured speaker at the U of R’s latest Science Pub Series at The Bushwakker Brewpub on Thursday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m. The talk is titled Not Just Flat – Top Geological Sites of Saskatchewan.

As a geologist, Dale’s research has taken her to all corners of Saskatchewan and countless points in between.

“There is a perception that all of Saskatchewan is just open, flat, cropped land,” says Dale. “This view is especially common among those not from Saskatchewan. I want to show that there is tremendous variety in the landforms of Saskatchewan and that they show a wide range in elevations. Saskatchewan is often overshadowed by the mountains of Alberta and BC, but we have a landscape just as complicated and interesting.”

Dale’s talk will focus on Saskatchewan’s diversity of landscapes.

“Saskatchewan can almost be cut in half, with a northern landscape dominated by the ancient rocks of the Precambrian shield and Athabasca basin. And to the south a landscape dominated by glacial deposition on top of flat lying sedimentary rocks,” says Dale.

The talk will also delve into Saskatchewan’s eye-popping geological past. Did you know this province was virtually covered in ice at least five times? That there were once volcanoes here and that Saskatchewan rested on the bottom of a sea with its waters patrolled by giant reptiles?
 
The popular Science Pub Series is now into its sixth year at The Bushwakker Brewpub, where U of R researchers share their scientific expertise of interest to the general public.  

The event allows time for a question and answer session. We asked Dale to share with us some of her favourite spots in Saskatchewan.

“This is tough. There are so many places worth seeing. But I guess I would encourage people to check out the extensive sand dune areas in southern and northern Saskatchewan. There’s nothing to match them in North America.”

“Secondly, people should check out the badland areas to the south of the province - Grasslands National Park and Big Muddy’s amazing landscapes.”

"And I have to mention two more - The Precambrian shield of northern Saskatchewan with bedrock outcrops on the surface, lakes, and forests and so much more. Finally, the Cypress hills. Spectacular views of the prairies, non-glaciated terrain - rare in Canada and the conglomerate cliffs,” says Dale. 

Dr. Janis Dale will act as your tour guide of Saskatchewan’s amazing geology. Check it out.

Event:    Science Pub Series
Topic:     Not Just Flat – Top Geological Sites of Saskatchewan
Venue:    The Bushwakker Brewpub (Arizona Room)
Address: 2206 Dewdney Avenue
Date:       November 23
Time:       7:00 p.m.
Free admission. Seating is limited.