Geology team releases another rock-solid Saskatchewan-unique calendar

By Costa Maragos Posted: December 6, 2017 3:30 p.m.

Members of the calendar committee (l-r) Matt Thompson, geology masters student; Ralf Maxeiner, project geologist at the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy and geology alumnus; Monica Cliveti, lab instructor and geology alumna; Dr. Ken Ashton, Saskatchewan Geological Survey at the Ministry of the Economy and adjunct geology professor, and Dr. Janis Dale, associate professor in geology.
Members of the calendar committee (l-r) Matt Thompson, geology masters student; Ralf Maxeiner, project geologist at the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy and geology alumnus; Monica Cliveti, lab instructor and geology alumna; Dr. Ken Ashton, Saskatchewan Geological Survey at the Ministry of the Economy and adjunct geology professor, and Dr. Janis Dale, associate professor in geology. Photo by Rae Graham - U of R Photography

A chimney-like rock formation stands out in the Avonlea badlands of Saskatchewan. There are tranquil views of Fond du Lac River and Duck Mountain Provincial Park. A collage of colours swirl along a wall of petrified wood in the Cypress Hills.

The third annual Saskatchewan Geology Calendar is now for sale and available at the U of R Bookstore. Once again, the calendar presents Saskatchewan in all of its geologic and landscape splendor.

Calendar 2018
Profits from the sale of the calendar are used for educational outreach projects by the Saskatchewan Geological Society.

The calendar is produced by the Saskatchewan Geological Society. Many of its members include U of R alumni and current faculty and staff of the Geology Department.

“We print a thousand each year. It’s an outreach. We try to do a lot of variety in the calendar. We like to inform the general public about the beauty of Saskatchewan, but with a geological connotation,” says Ralf Maxeiner, Project Geologist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy and a U of R graduate.  

The selection team receives hundreds of submissions each year, making it a challenge to whittle the choices down to one photo per calendar month. The team is careful to ensure most areas of the province are represented.

The calendar offers value-added features including a story on Saskatchewan’s-unique landscape and the uranium-rich Athabasca Basin.

A popular feature is the “Fun Fact” that accompanies each month. Did you know that Saskatchewan’s badlands, so close to the American border, provided hiding places for famed outlaws including the Sundance Kid? Or that parts of the Cypress Hills upland are among the few places in Saskatchewan that were never glaciated?

The calendar sells for $10 with only 1,000 produced. It sold out last year. Profits from the calendar are used for educational outreach projects.

The Saskatchewan Geological Society is a non-profit organization made up of alumni from the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan and government geologists.