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Downloadable writings and other material by Ben Gadd

On this page I have posted some short items that are often requested. Feel free to copy what you wish, but only for your own, non-commercial use.

Please remember that if you are borrowing something from any of my writings -- a sentence or a paragraph for a school assignment, say -- you must give me proper credit as the author. If you fail to do this, you are committing plagiarism. If you're not sure what I mean by "proper credit," please read my student handout on the subject: Guide to References. It explains how to avoid plagiarism.


GPS waypoints and updates for Canadian Rockies Geology Road Tours

Canadian Rockies Panorama from West of Calgary


Lecture notes, speeches and short essays

Conservation, from Chaucer to Smokey the Bear

Creationists vs. Geologists and Evolutionists

Fifty-somethings Hanging by Their Fingertips

Living with Losing

O Canada National Wilderness

Old Men Playing in the Garden

Saving the National Parks from Politicians

Six Good Reasons to Save the Wilderness

What We Need to Do to Save the World

Why We Need Wilderness, and Why I Love My Job



Mountain-building animation by Glen Stockmal   Very cool to watch! Looks a lot like the Canadian Rockies. Many thanks to Glen for letting me post this.

Differential Erosion of the Bow Valley   Why the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies are grander and more rugged now, after many millions of years of erosion, than they were at the end of mountain-building. Animation and narration by Jerry Auld. The WMV file is twelve megs, so it takes a while to download. If it fails to start by itself, go to the downloaded file and run it from there.

Extinction Event Factsheet   Essential info about the five major extinction events known, with their geological dates, effects and probable causes. Also speculates that we are currently experiencing the sixth.

Coal-mining in the Bow Valley   Historical summary.

Coal-mining in the Bow Valley map   This is a 5.5-meg item. Takes time to open.

The Exshaw Quarry on Grotto Mountain, near Canmore, Alberta
and possible rock-slide hazard in the area
Report on my concerns.

Geological time scale    Latest listing of geological periods, etc.

Geology of the Canadian Rockies and Columbia Mountains   Short summary.

Grassi Lakes geology map   The trail to Grassi Lakes is a popular short hike near Canmore.

Grassi Lakes annotated photo of rock units crossed by the trail  Accompanies the geological map above.

Geology of Jasper National Park  Geological map.

Geology of Johnston Canyon   Another popular trail.

Identifying rocks and preparing testing acid

My favorite road cut in the Canmore area, annotated photo


Short story

The Gathering Place



Colin the Raven


Outdoor-equipment lists

Equipment List for Short Backpacking Trips

Equipment List for Summer Backpacking

Equipment List for Icefield Skiing


For kids and teachers

Story of the Earth (Cosmology for Eight-year-olds)

Dr. Bruin's Jasper Quiz


For college instructors and university professors

Guide to References

Editing Symbols for Marking Student Papers



Ben's résumé

Tunnel in Mt. McGillivray

Wolverine humor item for writer's workshop


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