Hidden gem explored
Love of the karst grows with Geoheritage day and new informational signs
On Sunday, Oct. 20 the Cardinal Creek Community Association held its second Geoheritage Day. The now annual event is a partnership with the Carleton University’s Earth Sciences Department.
"This was the second edition for this event and was even more successful than last year," said Orléans Ward Councillor Bob Monette.
What made this year’s tour even more special was an unveiling of two signs with information and pictures describing and depicting the Cardinal Creek Karst.
Monette, who, like the CCCA, refers to the karst as a hidden gem in t h e c o m mu n i t y explained he was able to fund the signs through monies f r o m t he Cumberland Legacy Funds that were still available.
"These represent our past and shows how important it is also to our future," continued Monette.
The karst tour was one of seven locations being viewed around the city as part of the Ottawa-Gatineau Geoheritage Project.
Onlookers were set up on Watters Rd. East to learn the history behind this distinctive topography in which the landscape is largely shaped by the dissolving action of water on limestone.
This geological process occurs over many thousands of years, resulting in unusual surface and subsurface features ranging from sinkholes, vertical shafts, disappearing
streams, and springs, to complex underground drainage systems and caves.
The Cardinal Creel karst is the 12th longest in the Province of Ontario. By viewing the karst, residents can view fossils, pictures of the karst cave system, and learn about natural sink holes.
Martin d’Anjou, Naim Ghawi, Olivia Gov, Sean Crossan, Orléans Ward Councillor Bob Monette and Mary Crossan pose beside newly unveiled signs depicting the karst’s features.