RFG 2018 Earthcache

What is an EarthCache?

An EarthCache® is a special geological location people can visit to learn about a unique feature of the Earth. EarthCache pages include a set of educational notes along with coordinates. Visitors to EarthCaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage its resources and how scientists gather evidence. Typically, to log an EarthCache, you will have to provide answers to questions by observing the geological location. For more information about EarthCaches visit http://www.earthcache.org/ Text © Groundspeak, Inc. DBA Geocaching. Used with permission.

The Resources for Future Generations 2018 EarthCache Program is an important education outreach element of the Conference. It is intended to provide both Delegates and people from the Vancouver Community with an opportunity to learn about some of the interesting and unique geological features located in the Vancouver area, through the exploration of a series of EarthCaches.

The “Stanley Park Concretions Cache” (https://coord.info/GC7NZCN) is a legacy cache, created in celebration of the Resources for Future Generations Conference, the premier conference on energy, minerals, water and the earth. This particular cache shows how all things geological are intertwined, in this case, how concretions hidden are in a sandstone sequence.

The Resources for Future Generations 2018 EarthCache Program includes a series of twelve Vancouver area EarthCaches. Also recommended is a series of six EarthCaches, located along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. Each individual cache may be uploaded to a handheld GPS or loaded via the RFG 2018 EarthCache GPX file.

The EarthCaches are listed in the order of location and ease of access:

Stanley Park – accessible by car, public transit, bicycle or foot

Contact https://coord.info/GC5FE01 The geology and rock types in and around Vancouver
Siwash Rock https://coord.info/GC1F1F2 A famous landmark and a sea mount in the park
Cross beds https://coord.info/GC7KRZ1 An example of cross bedding in sandstone
Concretions https://coord.info/GC7NZCN A legacy cache created for the conference that showcases concretions hidden in a sandstone sequence
Fjord https://coord.info/GC5BEB1 The geology of a fjord from a famous landmark in the park

Vancouver downtown – accessible by car, public transit, bicycle or foot

Queen Elizabeth Park https://coord.info/GC1A3VA
An example of reclamation – an old quarry that was transformed into a park
Hyaloclastite https://coord.info/GC5H0ET
A very rare rock not usually found in an urban environment

North Vancouver - accessible by sea bus

Isostatic Rebound https://coord.info/GC4X2QN How the area is rising due to isostasy
Drowned Valley https://coord.info/GC630GX Burrard inlet is actually a drowned valley

North Vancouver- accessible by car or public transit

Buried Valley https://coord.info/GC7H0RN
An ancient hidden river valley
The Lions - Coast Mountain Range https://coord.info/GC4Y3A8
A great view of the Lions Mountains

West Vancouver – accessible by car

The Cypress Bowl Glacial Geomorphology Earthcache https://coord.info/GC3YFBG A beautiful view over Vancouver

Sea to Sky Highway - a scenic day trip, by car

Tiampo Park EarthCache https://coord.info/GC24YN2 An estuary on the outskirts of Squamish
B13: Sea To Sky - Coastal Fjords https://coord.info/GC4DZK2 S description of the Howe Sound Fjord
Flutes https://coord.info/GC444GK Landforms created by ice
Britannia Mine EarthCache https://coord.info/GC2GZ1Y The former copper mine site of Britannia
Stawamus Chief EarthCache https://coord.info/GCQ8FC A huge rock monolith
Shannon Falls https://coord.info/GC3QKNE A beautiful waterfall in a small park

The Education, Outreach and Early Careers Committee of the Resources For Future Generations 2018 Conference sincerely thanks our local partners Iain Blown (whose geocaching name is ‘geo-tek’) and Helen Edley (whose geocaching name is ‘Landsharkz’) for their important contributions to the EarthCache Program. Ian recommended the individual EarthCaches and created the RFG 2018 Legacy EarthCache, on behalf of the Conference. Helen was critical to coordinating communications and developing content. The Committee also wishes to express our gratitude to Matt Dawson, Krista Stratton and Dean Moosavi of the Geological Society of America for their guidance and for permission to use the EarthCache name and logo.