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Northeast Avalon: Natural Hazards in a Coastal Landscape

Note: As with all of our field trips, this trip will only go ahead with sufficient numbers. Please register for this trip through the registration module to secure your space!

Date: Friday, August 16
Departure: 8:30 a.m. from the Science Building parking lot (Lot 6)
Return: 4:00 p.m.
Guide:  Norm Catto 
Cost: $50 per person (includes lunch and coffee/tea break).

Please be aware that the return time is an approximation and is not guaranteed. If you are planning other travel around the return of this trip, please leave ample time to get to the airport, in the event of any unexpected delays.

The Northeast Avalon is commonly perceived by its residents, visitors, and even some geographers to have relatively few natural hazards. Events such as Hurricane “Igor” in 2010 are seen as highly anomalous exceptions.  The geographic reality is somewhat different: the Northeast Avalon is subject to a variety of natural hazards, including hurricanes, extratropical transitions, coastal erosion, storm surges, river flooding, rock fall, debris flow, and blizzards.  With the exception of the last-named, this field trip will provide you a chance to see the impacts of all of these events, visiting sites in the city of St. John’s and along the coastline.

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Please email any dietary restrictions to cag2013 [at] with the subject "Dietary restrictions: Northeast Avalon field trip" by June 1, 2013. We cannot guarantee accommodations after this time.