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A Guide to Geology
for Visitors in Canada's National Parks


The purpose of this book is to assist visitors in Canada's National Parks to get greater enjoyment from their experiences in these sanctuaries of nature. An understanding of the earth's crust and the geological processes that create majestic mountains, deep valleys, vast prairies and mighty rivers, increases the appreciation of these great forces of nature.

It has been prepared by a scientist in terms that the average person can understand and is designed to be carried in the parks for convenient reference. Pictures from the chain of eighteen national parks across the country clearly identify many geological processes.

The author, David M. Baird, Ph.D., F.R.S.C., is Chairman of the Department of Geology at the University of Ottawa. In 1958, for the CBC University of the Air, he delivered a series of radio talks on geology which created wide public interest and which were published in book form. He is the author of numerous publications concerning the geology of Newfoundland, gypsum in Canada and other topics.

The cooperation of the Geological Survey of Canada, Department of Mines and Technical Surveys, is gratefully acknowledged.

It is intended that this Guide will provide basic information on geology which will be useful for the interpretation of other more specific publications on the geological features of individual national parks.

J. R. B. COLEMAN, Director
National Parks Branch.