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Tue February 1, 2011

NB Geology exhibit to be launched in 2012—APEGNB a major supporter

The New Brunswick Museum, with support from the Government of Canada, Engineers and Geoscientists New Brunswick, and the private sector, is developing a virtual exhibition of the geological stories of the Province of New Brunswick. The project was announced Friday, Feb. 18, at APEGNB’s Annual Meeting in Saint John.

The web-based exhibition, Magnificent Rocks: Stories of New Brunswick Rocks and Fossils, will highlight 11 of the province’s best geology stories through a billion years of history. Each of the stories will weave together the geology, history of life, scientific investigation and mining by exploring the people involved in historical and contemporary discoveries, community connections and familiar landscapes around the province from Edmundston to St. George, Minto to Campbellton, Cassidy Lake to Grand Anse.

(L to R): Bruce Broster, P.Geo., past president of APEGNB presents a $10,000 cheque on behalf of the Association’s membership to Randy Miller, P.Geo., research curator for the NB Museum and Jane Fullerton, CEO of the NB Museum.

“The New Brunswick Museum is very pleased to be able to undertake this major new project, with the support of the Government of Canada, as well as Engineers and Geoscientists New Brunswick and private sector supporters”, said Jane Fullerton, CEO, New Brunswick Museum. “The geological heritage of New Brunswick is significant; through this project, and working in collaboration with the NB Department of Education, the NBM will provide more opportunities for people of all ages to learn about this story.“

Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, said “it gives me great pleasure to announce that the Government of Canada will be a partner with the New Brunswick Museum in the "Magnificent Rocks" project. Our government has committed $104,430 to this initiative through Heritage Canada and their funding of Virtual Museum Canada. This virtual exhibition will allow our community to gain a greater appreciation for the history and future of geology here in New Brunswick. Having this product available on the internet for our students to enjoy will allow widespread access to this key part of our provincial identity.”

“This project is very important for educating students on the importance of geology to New Brunswickers today, and in the future”, said Bruce Broster, P.Geo., FEC (Hon.), past president of Engineers and Geoscientists New Brunswick. “As a result of Magnificent Rocks, we hope that more students will decide to pursue careers in this field.”

Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Trevor Holder says, “the virtual exhibition, Magnificent Rocks, will create opportunities for understanding and preserving stories of geological exploration within New Brunswick and its ties to the cultural development of the province.”

“Visitors will gain a unique perspective on the role of New Brunswick in the global understanding of Earth evolution and will leave with an enhanced knowledge of geology, scientific exploration and discovery in New Brunswick.”

The virtual exhibition will be launched in the winter of 2012 at www.nbm-mnb.ca/magnificentrocks