Dr. Barrie Clarke Department of Earth Sciences Dalhousie University, Halifax Dr. Randall Miller Research Curator, Geology and Palaeontology New Brunswick Museum

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So Barrie I was just interested in the kind of work that you are doing and why you are looking at some of these gabbros and its relation to the Titanic.


Well this story started about fifteen years ago when James Cameron’s movie came out, and suddenly the. . . the movie about the Titanic of course, and suddenly the city of Halifax realized it had a major tourist attraction on its hands with the 150 people who are buried in Halifax from the Titanic disaster. And so they thought they better spruce up the place and a couple of the stones were damaged. They had been … they had succumbed to weathering over the last 90 years or so. So somebody, one of the work crew said well okay we’ll just replace the stone, and somebody else said, okay, fine, where did it come from, and that’s the question we’ve been trying to answer for the last fifteen years.

So.. a piece of the broken stone came to me. Where did it come from I was asked. I said I don’t know. I had some ideas, I turned out to be wrong. My first guesses were wrong, and I still don’t know if I am right, but I am beginning to look very carefully at the black granites of southwestern New Brunswick.

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