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Rock Chips Newsletter Winter 2008

Rock Chips Newsletter Winter 2008

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A quarterly newsletter by the Alberta Geological Survey
A quarterly newsletter by the Alberta Geological Survey

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Categories:Types, Research, Science
Published by: Alberta Geological Survey on Feb 12, 2009
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The Government of Alberta’s Climate ChangeStrategy includes a commitment to implementingcarbon capture and storage technology in Alberta’senergy industry (www.environment.alberta.ca/2430.html.) To this end, the government hasrecently announced $2 billion in funding towardtechnology development and demonstration of safe carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects inAlberta. As part of Alberta Geological Survey'srole in providing public geoscience to Albertans,we are undertaking regional mapping of salineaquifers in the deep subsurface below the AlbertaIndustrial Heartland, centred near Edmonton.The goal of the AGS Saline Aquifer Mapping project, or SAM for short, will be to provide public-domain, digitalmaps of the major saline aquifers from the crystalline basement to the lowermost aquifer of the ColoradoGroup. The aquifers will be mapped in terms of 
tent, thickness, lithology, geology, porosity and permeability;gro
undwater chemistry, pressure, ow and age;temp
erature and geothermal energy potential; poten
tial for future water production or storage; andintr 
insic capacity to safely store liquid or gaseouswastes, like CO
, over long periods of time.
AGS Begins Regional Saline-Aquifer Mapping in Alberta's
Industrial Heartland
Rock Chips
is published four times a year by theAlberta Geological Survey in the spring,summer, fall and winter.Individual articles, statistics and other information in this publication may bereproduced or quoted as long as the ERCB/AGSis credited.Past and present issues of 
Rock Chips
may beviewed on the AGS website at www.ags.gov.ab.ca.To receive the paper version of 
Rock Chips
, askto be placed on our complimentary mailing list.
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The SAM project will complement the growing list of government, university and industry-sponsored projectsnow active or proposed in support of CCS development.Those studies aim to evaluate site-specic conditions attest sites or near current large CO
emitters. Regional-scale studies like SAM, which only a geological surveycan provide, show the big picture so regulators and policy makers can best guide waste generators to the best disposal options while avoiding consequentiallosses of future geothermal or groundwater resources.The SAM project builds upon our experience inevaluating the Alberta Basin’s general suitability for 
sequestration, as well as completion of a series of hydrogeological evaluations of acid-gas disposal sites inAlberta and B.C. – direct analogues to large-scale CCS projects with decades of safe operation and experience.
sequestration web application
2 Rock Chips Winter 2008
AGS Helps Re-Open the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
August 29, 2008 marked the grand re-opening of theFrank Slide Interpretive Centre (FSIC) in the CrowsnestPass in southwestern Alberta. After a nine-monthclosure and a $1.5 million renovation, visitors can relivethe Frank Slide story in a more personal, interactive andcreative setting, involving rst-hand accounts by the people who lived through the destruction.After a series of speeches by government ofcials andFSIC staff, the Honourable Lindsay Blackett, minister of Culture and Community Spirit, ofcially opened thefacility. A number of AGS staff members were also onhand for the ofcial opening, discussing the new exhibitswith visitors and making presentations on the AGS-ledmonitoring of Turtle Mountain.Alberta Geological Survey staff provided signicantscientic input to the exhibits on the geology andmonitoring of the mountain. To tell the story of the building of Turtle Mountain and highlight the factorsthat led to the 1903 Frank Slide, an interactive, high-denition video was created to illustrate the geologicalhistory of the last 100 million years in southwesternAlberta. For this exhibit, the video links to a sliding bar that people can move to advance through the geologicaltime scale and learn about the geology and mountain building at their own pace.Adjacent to the geology exhibit are four stations thathighlight the AGS-led monitoring program on TurtleMountain. Visitors are rst invited into a theatrearea where a video presentation features AGS staff describing the landslide hazards on Turtle Mountain andthe types of monitoring we're doing. The visitors arethen taken to another part of the exhibit that describesthe instruments on the mountain. This has a series of hands-on displays letting visitors 'test their strength' by moving blocks of rock. These displays show howmovements and vibrations are measured on the crestof the mountain. Finally, there is a kiosk that providesdirect access to Alberta Geological Survey’s TurtleMountain monitoring web pages, where visitors can see photos of the instruments and read about the studies weare undertaking on the mountain.Overall, the opening was very well attended with morethan 850 visitors on the opening day and more than2100 visitors on the opening weekend. The new, moderndisplays and hands-on activities were very well received by visitors of all ages.AGS is pleased to have worked with the staff at the FSICand Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, and variouscontractors to bring the new exhibits to life.
 AGS staff member Corey Froese tries out one of the new interactive
displays and tries to 'make the mountain tip, dip or slip.'
Rock Chips Winter 2008 3

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