Research Trip to Canada: Ammolite in the Rocky Mountains July 17, 2022
At the end of June this year, I made a long-anticipated research trip to Canada with Mrs Mackie. I’ve wanted to visit this fascinating country for a long time, to take in the beautiful landscape and the wealth of wildlife that make Canada a really inspirational place.
Since 1979, Korite has been mining ammolite to create jewellery and home products including museum-quality ammonites. On the first day, we visited their Calgary warehouse, to see where the ammolite is stabilized, processed, polished and crafted into jewellery. On the second day, we went to the mine in Lethbridge, to see where the ammonites are carefully extracted from the earth. This is a very painstaking process with a digger and two trained watchers. It was a real privilege to be shown the process from start to finish.
We finished our fossil tour in the world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller. The museum is dedicated to the study of prehistoric ancient life and offers a wide variety of creative, fun, and educational programs. It was a brilliantly curated history lesson!
We then set off north to Edmonton through the never-ending plains of Alberta along the longest straightest roads I have ever seen! In my next post, I’ll tell you about visiting Canada’s National Parks, where we saw the most stunning scenery and some really exciting wildlife READ MORE