University of Waterloo Earth Sciences/ Geology Option
My interest in geology goes back as far as I can remember. My dad’s family is from Bancroft, Ontario, the self-styled mineral capital of Canada, so for every Christmas my Grandparents would give me beautiful rock samples from their area.
On the west bank of the Grand River, at Homer Watson Park, is an exposure of the subsurface materials which reveals something of the geological history of the Kitchener area. The exposure was created by river bank erosion by the Grand River. From time to time the exposure is covered by slumped material and vegetation, but this varies with river flooding and weather conditions.
In natural science, the frontier of the unknown is never far away. One of the frontiers lies below our feet. What lies below the surface of the ground? How did the University campus get to be so hilly?
In May, 1976, a hole was drilled by the Department of Earth Sciences drilling rig beside the Chemistry Building, in order to get a glimpse into the unknown below us.