Summary of Presentations On Different Geological Topics, Including Wildflowers

Summarized on this page are some of the past presentations that I (Andy Fyon) have delivered, which explore the value and importance of geology, the relevance of geology to people, and the influence of geology on some plant types and plant communities.

The presentations are listed chronologically, from most recent to oldest. I have linked to some of the actual presentations. Note that the presentations site on an external website: Authorstream.com . If the performance of the Authorstream website degrades, you may find that the responsiveness of the presentation on your browser may also suffer. Also, to view the presentation, you may need a Flash-enabled browser.

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November 16, 2018: Shake, Rattle and Roll: Geological Hazards, Ottawa Area. Will be presented to senior citizens of the Olde Forge Recreation Program, Ottawa, Ontario. A discussion of five natural geological hazards that occur in the Ottawa area (e.g., earthquakes, Leda Clay landslides, floods, sinkholes, and groundwater contamination).

November 14, 2018: Volcanoes: Life in The Hot Lane. Will be presented to senior citizens of the Wednesday Group , Olde Forge Resource Centre, Ottawa, Ontario. Discussion of volcanic eruptions, past and recent, and their impact on human society (e.g., climate, inventions, art, safety, aircraft).

November 5, 2018: Five Geological Materials That Changed The Course of History. Presented to senior citizens of the Monday Group, Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, Ottawa, Ontario. A discussion of the geological materials that characterized tool development during the Stone Age, Copper Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Cpal/Hydrocarbon Age and the impacts on human society and the Earth.

October 29, 2018: Shake, Rattle and Roll: Geological Hazards, Ottawa Area. Presented to senior citizens at The Redwoods Retirement Home, Ottawa, Ontario. A discussion of five natural geological hazards that occur in the Ottawa area (e.g., earthquakes, Leda Clay landslides, floods, sinkholes, and groundwater contamination).

October 24, 2018: Geology: Seven Effective Applications. Presented to senior citizens at the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Ottawa, Ontario. A discussion of the value and relevance of geology with examples related to public health and safety, biodiversity, environment geochemical baseline, engineering infrastructure, economy, and land-use planning.

October 16, 2018: Volcanoes: Life in The Hot Lane. Presented to senior citizens of the Tuesday Group , Olde Forge Resource Centre, Ottawa, Ontario. Discussion of volcanic eruptions, past and recent, and their impact on human society (e.g., climate, inventions, art, safety, aircraft).


April 23, 2018: Presentation to the Senior Citizens, Monday morning program, Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, K2B 7J1. Presentation title: Rocks and Minerals I Love To Eat (Or Put In My Mouth) (a discussion of some rocks and minerals that are used in processed food or for culinary purposes, dental hygiene, and to help address an upset stomach).

Location: Community Resource Centre, 2730 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K2B 7J1

This presentation examines the link between rocks and minerals and food we eat, dental hygiene, and one medicinal example. The presentation was delivered by Andy Fyon on April 23, 2018, to a group of Senior Citizens, through the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre. It is part of a series of geologically-based presentations created and delivered by Dr. Andy Fyon, to Senior Citizen groups in the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada area to engage, entertain and help inform the audience about the relevance and value of geology. I am not a food or medical expert. Information presented is readily available from Internet sources. My role is to synthesize the technical information and present it in a story form to engage, entertain, and inform.

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March 22, 2018: Presentation to the Senior Citizens, The Redwoods (retirement residence), Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 9B1. Presentation title: Wild Rocks - Wild Plants: Bog Monsters (a discussion of some carnivorous plants that grow in a bog).

Location: The Redwoods, 2604 Draper Ave., Ottawa, ON, K2H 9B1

This presentation defines four types of wetland, considered some of the geological processes that created bogs, two key factors of a bog that influenced the adaptation of plants that live in a bog, and four different carnivorous plants that live in a bog - bog monsters (if you are an insect). The presentation considers Sundew, Pitcher Plant, Butterwort, and Bladderwort. This is one of a series of geology-related nature presentations that I deliver to engage, entertain, and inform non-technical audiences, like Senior Citizens.

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March 7, 2018: Presentation to the Senior Citizens, Wednesday lunch program, Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, K2B 7J1. Presentation title: Wild Rocks - Wild Plants: Bog Monsters (a discussion of some carnivorous plants that grow in a bog).

Location: Community Resource Centre, 2730 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K2B 7J1

This presentation considers some of the geological processes that created bogs and the different habitat that supports some very unusual carnivorous plants - bog monsters (if you are an insect). The presentation considers the insect-trapping and subsequent insect digestion adaptations of Sundew, Pitcher Plant, Butterwort, and Bladderwort. This discussion is a small part of the Senior Citizen lunch program offered by the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This is one of a series of geology-related nature presentations developed by Andy Fyon to engage, entertain, and inform non-technical audiences, like Senior Citizens.

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February 26, 2018: Presentation to the Senior Citizens, Day Program, Ottawa West Community Support. Presentation title: Geological Story of Some Iron Minerals.

Location: 1137 Wellington St West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 2Y8

Presentation summary: This presentation, delivered to senior citizens, is intended to raise understanding about the metal iron and three minerals that have been used as a source of iron: magnetite, hematite, and pyrite. This is a non-geological audience and this is not a highly technical geological presentation. It is a form of story-telling combined with hands-on examination of the minerals. The presentation reviews some common uses of iron that are familiar to many senior citizens. Then, some very basic properties of the three minerals are reviewed before each mineral is examined in a hands-on session. Some lore and additional uses of each specific mineral are reviewed. This volunteer presentation was delivered by Dr. Andy Fyon at the Wellington Street West centre, as part of their day-program.

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February 20, 2018: Presentation to the Senior Citizens, Monday day program, Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, K2B 7J1. Presentation title: Burning The Future: Fossil Fuel and Climate Change.

Location: Community Resource Centre, 2730 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K2B 7J1

Presentation summary: On Feb 20/18, I met with a group of Senior Citizens at the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre to discuss the geology and geological history of fossil fuels, the influence of fossil fuels on human history, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere over the past 800,000 years and the correlation with past glacial and interglacial periods, the correlation between the Industrial Revolution and CO2 concentration in the modern atmosphere, and the influence of CO2 concentration in the atmosphere on public policy and Climate Change. The topic of Climate Change is a topic that frequently surfaces during my discussions with this group of Senior Citizens. This was one of a series of volunteer geological presentations that I deliver to senior Citizens in the Ottawa area. 

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February 5, 2018: Presentation to the Senior Citizens, Monday day program, Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, K2B 7J1. Presentation title: Geological Story of Some Iron Minerals.

Location: Community Resource Centre, 2730 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K2B 7J1

Presentation summary: This presentation, delivered to senior citizens, is intended to raise understanding about the metal iron and three minerals that have been used as a source of iron: magnetite, hematite, and pyrite. This is a non-geological audience and this is not a highly technical geological presentation. It is a form of story-telling combined with hands-on examination of the minerals. The presentation reviews some common uses of iron that are familiar to many senior citizens. Then, some very basic properties of the three minerals are reviewed before each mineral is examined in a hands-on session. Some lore and additional uses of each specific mineral are reviewed. This volunteer presentation by Dr. Andy Fyon was delivered at the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, as part of their Monday day-program.

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October 16, 2017: Presentation to the Ottawa Lapsmith and Mineral Club, Presentation title: Geological Influences On Some Plant Communities.

Location: Room 22, 1000 Brookfield Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1V 6J1

Presentation summary: The presentation starts with the geological context for terrestrial plants, provided through a brief history of the evolution of terrestrial plants, from: algae; to non-vascular, non-flowering, seedless, bryophytes; to vascular, non-flowering, seedless plants (e.g., Lycophytes (Club-moss)); to vascular, non-flowering, seed plants called Gymnosperms (e.g. conifer trees); to vascular, flowering, seed plants called Angiosperms. This context is followed by examples of geological processes, which created landscapes and habitats, that influenced the locations and types of plant communities. Using examples from Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, the presentation covers: a) Alvar; b) Glacial meltwater valley; c) Ottawa River Channels and bogs; and d) Gros Morne ophiolite and its poisonous rock chemistry. To view the presentation, you may need a Flash-enabled browser.

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June 29, 2017: Presentation to Durham Master Gardeners. Presentation title: Earth, Fire, Water, Air - geology and Plant Communities.

Location: Parkwood Estates Carriage House, 270 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, ON L1G 4T5

Presentation Summary: Geological processes create landscapes and habitats, which influence the locations and types of plant communities. Using examples from Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, the presentation covers: a) Correlation - causality - exceptions; b) Soil nutrients and plant foothold; c) Substrate conditions (acidic / alkaline or limey); d) Alvar; e) Glacial influences; and f) Poisonous rocks. To view the presentation, you may need a Flash-enabled browser.

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February 18, 2017: Presentation to the St. Stephen's Anglican Church Men's Breakfast Group.

Presentation title: Geoscience - “7” Effective Applications (With Apologies To Stephen Covey)

Location: St. Stephen's Anglican Church, 930 Watson St, Ottawa, ON K2B 6B9.

Presentation Summary: Geology influences us every day, in many different ways. In addition, the application of geoscience information is essential to guide many of the complex decisions that face society. The presentation uses examples that draw on the work of the Ontario Geological Survey: a) Biodiversity, Habitat, and Geology; b) Climate Change – Agriculture, Drought Management and Geology; c) Public Safety: Geology and Landslides; d) Public Health: Groundwater and Geology; e) Environmental Geochemical Baseline: Groundwater Quality and Geology; f) Engineering Infrastructure: Road Corridors; g) Economy: Metals and Geology; and h) Land Use Planning: Geology Identifies Vulnerable Aquifers.

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February 16, 2017: Presentation to Ottawa Valley Rock Garden + Horticultural Society

Presentation title: Life on, and in the Rocks: Manitoulin Island Geology and Flowering Plants

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Presentation summary: The 450 million year geological history of Manitoulin Island has a major influence on the location and types of plant communities on the island. Sand dunes, alvars, rich deciduous forest floor, and karst habitats and their flora are considered in a geological context. To view the presentation, you may need a Flash-enabled browser.

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More geology and wildflower presentations are available at: Andy Fyon's Channel at Authorstream


 

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Andy Fyon, November 11/17; September 5/17.