Joggins fossil cliffs: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Plant fossil at Joggins cliffs photo from via Creative Commons license

I grew up just a very short distance from Joggins, Nova Scotia, Canada. It’s an important site for fossils. The strong tidal action of the Bay of Fundy has exposed cliffs that, since the mid-19th century, have yielded very important geological finds.

Now UNESCO has just designated the Joggins Fossil Cliffs a World Heritage Site. This is a big deal for a very small, underdeveloped area, and is only the second such site in Nova Scotia (the other being the town of Lunenburg). Of the world’s 878 World Heritage Sites, only 174 are natural sites. This should raise the profile of the cliffs, be a tourism boost for the area, and make protection and resources easier to come by.