The Charlevoix Astrobleme

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Author(s): des Gagniers, Jean

Publisher: Presses de l'Université Laval

Pub. Date: 2018

pages: 48

ISBN: 978-2-7637-3861-1

I’m especially fond of Charlevoix—one of the favourite haunts of my youth. By walking through this region from one hilltop to the next I realized just how vast the St. Lawrence was. I would gaze at its salty waters and the fine line of the horizon, and a desire would well up within me to go farther,

I’m especially fond of Charlevoix—one of the favourite haunts of my youth. By walking through this region from one hilltop to the next I realized just how vast the St. Lawrence was. I would gaze at its salty waters and the fine line of the horizon, and a desire would well up within me to go farther, beyond the seas, and visit the entire world.

"I could hardly suspect that this region would have a direct bearing on my future career as an astrophysicist. Indeed, it bears the mark of an event of extraterrestrial origin: a collision with an asteroid some 400 million years ago. I had no idea back then that the fertile farmland and pastures along the road I was walking on were the result of a meteorite impact, a story that nobody knew at the time and which we learned about later through the patient observations and skillful deductions of a geologist, Jehan Rondot. This story is worth being told."

- Hubert Reeves

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