Welcome to Ontario Beneath Our Feet - a site devoted to sharing exciting insights about some of those geological curiosities that you come across in Ontario or that affect Ontario - like the boulders in the photograph. Perhaps you are a geo-tourist. Perhaps you are just driving from and are interested in an area that you are near. If so, you may find something of interest to you in this website. This website is intended for non-technical people. You do not have to be a geologist to learn something new from this website.
Through this website, I present information describing the cool geological sites located in, or that affect, Ontario. The information I provide is researched by others, supported by some of my own photos and my own observations. I try to translate that information to tell a story that will help convey the interest and importance of Ontario's geology. I hope those insights will help to raise your interest and understanding of some of Ontario's geology - the Ontario Beneath Our Feet.
I am not an expert on most of the topics that I discuss on this website. For some of the topics, there is debate. I am not providing advice about the application of geology to solve a specific problem you may have. For that kind of advice, please seek the service of a Professional Geoscientist who is expert in that topic.
I have visited almost all of the locations described here. Many are accessible by car or by hike. Some are remote and not easily accessible. I have included the less accessible locations because they tell an important part of Ontario's geological history. I selected many of the sites because they show a geological feature, or because they tell an interesting geological story.
There are other excellent sources of Ontario geological information - just "Google" "Ontario Geology".
What is Geology:
The science of "Geology" is the study of the Earth. Geologists study the processes that formed the Earth, including the rocks and the deposits laid down by rivers and glaciers, the processes that shaped the Earth, including erosion and glaciation, the role of glaciers over time in shaping the surface of the Earth during the most recent times, and why this information and history is relevant to all of us.
Understanding Ontario's geology helps us appreciate the beauty and physical history of Ontario and helps us understand the amazing processes that formed many of the land forms that are now popular tourist destinations. Knowledge about Ontario's geology is also critical to inform: a) decisions related to our health and safety; b) the state and health of the environment; c) impact of climate change on the physical land; d) biodiversity and habitats; e) sources and quality of groundwater; and f) physical engineering of structures and infrastructure like roads and communities. Let me be blunt: we cannot plan for our future without understanding our past, including an understanding the Ontario Beneath Our Feet, so that we can identify areas of natural geological risk, changes to the environment, and the location of areas having essential natural resources, like groundwater, ground energy, and minerals!
Remember, if we have an interest in protecting and allocating Ontario's groundwater to serve public or commercial consumption, the source of drinking water for more than 3 million Ontarians, that groundwater container is the geology of Ontario!
Andy Fyon, November 27, 2016
Updated: Sept 20/16; Sept 24/16; Oct 27/16; Nov 2/16; Dec 3/16