EXPLORE CANADA’S JOGGINS FOSSIL CLIFFS with this slideshow, check the location map and get all the facts and information below.

Joggins Fossil Cliffs
Joggins Fossil Cliffs

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Location and Values: Joggins Fossil Cliffs extend along 14.7 km of low sea cliffs, bluffs, rock platforms and beach, where a remarkable assemblage of fossils from the Carboniferous (‘coal age’) period (354 to 290 million years ago) has been discovered. The fossils include the remains and tracks of very early animals and the environments in which they lived around an estuarine bay, with floodplain rainforest, alluvial plains and freshwater pools.

Conservation Status and Prospects. According to IUCN’s recent Conservation Outlook Assessment the conservation status of this site is ‘good’. The IUCN report notes that ‘Joggins Fossil Cliffs is a model of high quality performance within the World Heritage Convention, protecting geological values of global significance whilst providing benefits to local people. The site is robust, in good and stable condition and effectively managed. Threats are low, and there is highly effective and creative management that has build and maintains community support for the conservation and presentation of this site. Provided adequate resources are maintained to assure the capacity for effective site management, the future conservation prospects of this site are highly positive.’

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Official UNESCO Site Details
IUCN Conservation Outlook
UNEP-WCMC Site Description

Slideshow description

The photos in this slideshow are intended to ‘tell the story’ of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs and the remarkable discoveries that have been made there. They show the main features of the cliffs and coastal environment and the variety of fossil (fragments) that might be encountered during a walk along the coast below the cliffs (which are in a state of constant flux as loose material falls onto the beach below). The slideshow includes some of the key exhibits in the excellent interpretation centre, providing a sound understanding of the significance of the site.

This page of the website is still under development and a more detailed description of the various aspects of the site will be included in due course – so please come back again soon!


Website Category: The Fossil Record

Area: 7 km2

Inscribed: 2008


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