Hid­den gem ex­plored

Love of the karst grows with Geo­her­itage day and new in­for­ma­tional signs

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts cather­ine.kitts@tc.tc Twit­ter @catkitts

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.

Photo: Pro­vided

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.

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