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Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Nov20,2023

Archives | The natural treasures of Anticosti Island

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Anticosti Island has joined the prestigious list of UNESCO heritage sites.


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On September 19, 2023, the island of Anticosti, on the North Shore, in Quebec, was added to the prestigious list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Our archives bear witness to the natural treasures it shelters.

Repopulation and the game and fish conservation methods implemented by the Meniers have made Anticosti Island the hunting and fishing paradise of today.

A quote from the narrator Gaétan Barrette


Documentary filmed in 1956 painting a portrait of Anticosti Island and its history. Narration by Gaétan Barrette.

In 1956, a documentary entitled We will go to the islandpresents the history of Anticosti Island, starting with its maritime features and natural resources.

In a bucolic narration, Gaétan Barrette describes the magnificent landscapes of the island, its shores, its forests.

On September 19, 2023, a UNESCO committee meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, added the island of Anticosti to the World Heritage List.< /p>

The committee motivates its decision by the exceptional richness of the fauna, flora and environment found on the island .

Until 1974, Anticosti belonged to private interests.

The island subsequently became property of the Quebec government.

In 2001, the Quebec government transformed part of Anticosti Island into a national park.

The Société des establishments de plein air du Québec, which manages this national park, lists more than 700 plant species and 159 bird species. and a variety of marine and terrestrial mammals.

The deer is one of the emblematic species of the island.

As recalled in this report by journalist Guy Lamarche presented to the magazine Le 60 of October 26, 1974, we must the presence of this deer to Henri Menier.

< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">Extract from a report by Guy Lamarche on Anticosti Island, territory recently acquired by the Quebec government

The French chocolatier bought Anticosti in 1895 and encouraged the expansion of the animal population there.

At the beginning of the 2010s, the Quebec government considered exploiting the oil exploitation potential of Anticosti.

But this scenario, envisaged under the government of Pauline Marois, was however definitively rejected in 2017, under that of Philippe Couillard, in particular to protect the x27;unique island environment.

The rejection of the idea of ​​hydrocarbon exploitation allowed the submission of Anticosti's official application to join the list of world heritage sites in 2022.

Anticosti is like having all the pages of a book. When compared with elsewhere, not only are pages missing, but entire chapters of the evolution of the history of life are missing.

A quote from André Desrochers, geologist, University of Ottawa

Anticosti was able to join the UNESCO World Heritage List because, in addition to its exceptional environment, it has a very unique scientific characteristic.

In the cliffs and rocks in Anticosti, fossils are found in layers of sediment in very large quantities and in a remarkable state of preservation.

Report by journalist Jean-Pierre Rogel and director Pier Gagné on the exceptional geological value of Anticosti Island. Animation: Charles Tisseyre

A report by journalist Jean-Pierre Rogel and director Pier Gagné, presented on the show Découverte on February 1, 2015, we reveals that the latter have inestimable scientific value.

Thanks to these fossils, geologists and paleontologists can study a very ancient history that is very little known.

We are talking here about what we call the first mass extinction of species which took place more than 435 million years ago.

85% of the species that then existed on Earth then disappeared.

The Anticosti sediment layers constitute a unique laboratory in the world for understanding the reason for this disappearance.

Anticosti is also, as geologist André Desrochers points out, a place that allows us to study the resumption of life on Earth after this first extinction.

It is a safe bet that Anticosti's new status will attract both an increased crowd of tourists and a large number of scientists.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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