Campus Treasures: UWaterloo’s Earth Sciences Museum

Campus Treasures: UWaterloo’s Earth Sciences Museum


Hey everybody this is Beth from The Post-Sec Parent, broadcasting from one of my favorite places on the University of
Waterloo campus. This is Waterloo’sEarth Science Museum and what you’re looking
at right now it’s kind of a cool piece of roc. It’s kind of a large piece of
rock. It’s a piece of gneiss and it’s really the
first thing that was brought to the museum. Actually, the museum was
actually built around this piece of gneiss. If you look, it’s two stories high and we
won’t be able to see the whole thing but it extends up through the ceiling
another another floor. So that’s one of the cool things about this
building built around this piece of rock. Let’s have a walk through and see some
other things. Over here, we’ve got a humongous piece of calcite and numerous
other rocks and minerals. It always kills me when you look at some
of these rocks and they look on the outside they look so incredibly ugly and
boring and then you open them up on the inside and you see all these amazing crystals. Hey hang on, Kristen, you ain’t seen nothing yet! walk through here a
little bit more. Just to give you a sneak peek at some of them minerals and things we’ve got. so the Earth Sciences Museum looks at
all different kinds of subjects from paleontology to geology to all kinds of
other sciences. If you look up… hi, Kirsten I’m at the University of Waterloo Earth Science Museum. It’s open every day and it’s free. You can just wander into into the
University and have a look. A lot of people didn’t know but there have been
mammoths and mastodon bones discovered here in southern Ontario and this is an
artist’s rendition of the Mastodon roaming the Waterloo Moraine so this is what it might have looked like however many thousands of years ago and over here we have the
lovely toothy grin a Tyrannosaurus Rex it’s kind of a big boy gives you an idea of how big he really
is okay wandering right along this is kind
of an unusual fountain. Right now it looks
kinda boring We’ve got some artists renditions of dinosaurs. This is kind of a neat fountain. It’s an
actual to-scale replica of the Great Lakes and it shows you the depth and all
the trenches and you can actually see like
look here would be nigra fall it just gives you an idea of the scale as the Lakes flow into each other. It gives you an idea of their relative depth of the Lakes. Oh my bad I think this is Niagara Falls. Geography was never my strong
point. And here we’ve got a replica it’s a
little hard to see This is a cast of some
fossils found at Newfoundland and apparently it’s the earliest proof of
complex … earliest fossil group of complex life ever found There are little skeletons of sea creatures found at Mistaken Point in Newfoundland Next over here we’re coming to the Paleo
Pit and we can go down there in a little bit but first of all I want to show you
this awesome piece of amethyst. I wish the lights were on but we’re conserving
energy over here and but Sara was demonstrating how people like to take
their picture here, right to through the amethyst. wander over here and we have lots of
cool fossils all kinds of like look at these little guys Sara says are
trilobite what are trilobite the ancestors of crustaceans ancestors of
crustaceans they look like really weird bugs that come out look like centipedes all kinds of cool creatures here this
lovely fell I don’t believe as a fossil but if you look at some of these it’s
really amazing how well-preserved they are you think these poor little guys
were roaming around 300 million years ago this one okay so if you have small
people right here this is a really cool thing to do okay and not so small people
cuz I thought it was kind of cool too not sure you’re gonna be able to see oh
Jessica I’ve been here a couple of times but honestly known enough to be able to
give you a really good guided tour okay so this is a cool thing where you can
actually build your own dinosaur. Sara’s going to demonstrate if you can see but
you move the blocks and then on the screen you can put the pieces together and you can get like different … I believe
there’s different styles of dinosaurs together their hotel there we go