Upcoming Division Talks

Geology of the Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Speaker: Rida Aslam | Chemostrat Canada Ltd.
NEW LOCATION: Buzzards Pub, 140 10th Ave SW, Calgary; doors open at 11:30am

December 12, 2018 | 12:00noon

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     The Old Man of Storr (volcanic rock pinnacles) on Isle of Skye

Scotland is well-known among Geoscientists due to its unique geological history and is also the birthplace of some of the world’s most famous Geologists, such as James Hutton (founder of “modern geology”) and Charles Lyell (author of “Principles of Geology”). To learn more about some of the famous geological sites in Scotland, Rida went on a self-guided geological tour in May 2018 around the Scottish Highlands, exploring remote and sparsely populated Geoparks and well-studied geological sites. The presentation will take you through a virtual tour around the Highlands while briefly exploring the geology of Glencoe, Isle of Skye, North West Highlands Geopark, and Lochaber Geopark. 

The Scottish Highlands are a region in north west Scotland that comprise of rugged mountains, lakes, hidden beaches, and forests. One of the most renowned sites in the Highlands is Knockan Crag, where thrust tectonics were first understood due to recognition of the famous Moine thrust, leaving many well-respected Geologists of the time puzzled. The thrust was recognized in 1860’s by field work conducted by Peach and Horne over a span of 14 years. It was discovered that the older Moine schist of 1 Ga were forced over top of the younger 500 Ma old Durness limestone. We will also explore the oldest 3 Ga Lewisian Gneiss basement rocks of Scotland, exposed as a major unconformity overlain by Torridonian sandstones at many localities. A virtual journey through Isle of Skye will take you along columnar basalt cliffs, Jurassic dinosaur footprints, and Tertiary volcanic rock pinnacles.


Rida Aslam has been working with Chemostrat for the past 3 years as a Geologist (I.T.), gaining experience in local and international projects. Her work is primarily focused on understanding the geochemistry and building a chemostratigraphic correlation framework of the conventional and unconventional plays, using X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), while continuing to develop her skills as a Geologist. Her previous experience includes working as a student at the Geological Survey of Canada throughout university, and as a summer student at Nexen. She got her B.Sc. in Geology from Mount Royal University in 2015 and is an active member of CSPG and APEGA. 

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Division Profile
The International Division has provided a forum to members and guests interested in the geology and hydrocarbon potential of the world since 1985. We offer monthly free brown-bag lunchtime workshops and special social events. The lunchtime event takes place every second Wednesday of each month. It starts at noon with a 5 minute introduction, followed by a 10 minute “Rock Shot” warm-up and the 30 minute main presentation, which leaves the last 15 minutes for networking. Upcoming events are detailed below. The lunchtime events are held in the Nexen Plus 15 Conference Centre located in the Nexen Annex Building.

The “Rocks Shots” could be anything interesting and should be light. In the past we have had travelogues, world cultural heritage relationships between geology and beverages, and quick geoscience knowledge. The main technical presentation should cover geoscientific and/or broadly oil and gas related topics.

A door prize is provided by Sigma Explorations Inc., coffee and refreshments by IHS Markit, doughnuts by RPS Energy, and speaker appreciation by Chinook Consulting Services Ltd. and Alconsult International.

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