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Chuck likes to show his long involvement in the Ottawa Centre by showing his young face in the group photo from the 1973 General Assembly in Ottawa, and most GAs in Ottawa since. Chuck has served the Ottawa Centre as Meeting Chair in 2005-2006, President in 2007-2008, National Council Representative in 2009-2011, SmartScope Director in 2011, and Webmaster from 2012 to now. Notwithstanding these important roles, Ottawa members know Chuck best for a different reason. Chuck loves to combine his three hobbies of astronomy, flying and geology into one, which he titles as “Big Holes in the Ground”. He has flown his small plane (C-GOZM or GO ZooM) to almost every meteorite crater in Canada from east to west to the high Arctic, as well as many in the US and as far south as Arecibo in Puerto Rico. He has documented his aerial and ground explorations, the science and the identification of these craters, in 43 presentations to monthly meetings in Ottawa since 2001, on the Centre’s web site and in numerous articles in AstroNotes. He likes to finish his talks with a favourite quote from Isaac Asimov – “How bright and beautiful a comet is as it flies past our planet … provided it does fly PAST it.”
Dr. Michael R. Dence and yours truly at a 2012 Sigma Xi Companions in Research meeting, Ottawa. Dr. Dence was prime on impact crater research within the Canadian Shield, 1961-81. He was one of the few indiviuals responsible for transforming terrestrial impact crater research into a respectable and scientific discipline of planetary science.
Dr. Ian Halliday (1928 – 2018) and yours truly, Ottawa 2012. Dr. Halliday was a pioneer on impact crater research authoring several papers on the subject. His field research provided evidence in support of a meteoritic origin for West Hawk Lake, Manitoba, Canada.
Dr. Christopher Herd and yours truly at the 2012 RASC GA in Edmonton. Dr. Herd is Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. He was prime in the confirmation of theWhitecourt Crater as an impact structure. He has published papers regardingastromaterials and their significance.
Dence, M.R. 1964: A comparative structural and petrographic study of probable Canadian meteorite craters; Meteoritics, Contr. Dom. Obs., vol.
6, No. 3.
Halliday I., and Griffin, A.A. 1964: Application of the scientific method to problems of crater recognition; Meteoritics, vol. 2, No. 2.
Herd C.D.K. et al 2010: Astromaterials Curation and Research in Canada: Why It Matters; GeoCanada
Osinski G.R. 2008: Meteorite impact structures: the good and the bad; Geology Today, Vol. 24, No. 1, January–February 2008
Osinski G.R. 2015: New Ar-Ar Dating of the East and West Clearwater Lake Impact Structures, Québec, Canada – Evidence for Two Separate Impact Events; Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta Volume 148, 1 January 2015
Robertson P.B. & Grieve R.A.F. 1977: Shock attenuation at terrestrial impact structures; Impact and Explosion Cratering.
Robertson P.B. 1988: The Haughton impact structure, Devon Island, Canada – Setting and History of Investigations; Meteoritics, vol. 23, No. 2.
“We, all of us, are what happens when a primordial mixture of hydrogen and helium evolves for so long that it begins to ask where it came from.”