Evolution of the Oxford Sinkhole - Oxford

May 31, 2019 11:40 AM - 1:00 PM

Oxford Legion (74 Jackson St, Oxford, NS)

Location: Oxford Legion, 74 Jackson St, Oxford, NS

Date: Friday, May 31st, 2019

Time: Lunch and Networking: 11:40 am, Presentation: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Cost: Free (lunch – please advise of any special dietary requirements)

RSVP: Please use our Online Registration process to register by Wednesday, May 29th, 2019.


This event qualifies for 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the Engineers Nova Scotia CPD program.


Presenter: Amy Tizzard, P.Geo., Regional Geologist, NS Dept. of Energy and Mines



A sinkhole opened up in Oxford in the summer of 2018, and quickly expanded to swallow trees, picnic tables and part of a parking lot. The problem is 320 million years old. The underground gypsum and salt are all that remains of a sea that evaporated all those years ago. The salt lake immediately beside the sinkhole that opened up last year was originally a sinkhole itself. Amy Tizzard, P.Geo., Regional Geologist, NS Dept. of Energy and Mines will present “Evolution of the Oxford Sinkhole, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia".



Presenter Amy Tizzard is a Regional Geologist with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines, working as part of the Integrated Resource Management Team.  She started her path into the geological sciences at Sir Sandford Fleming School of Natural Resources in Lindsay Ontario, followed by an Honours Degree at Acadia University, a Masters Degree at the University of Victoria, and a GIS diploma at the Centre of Geographic Sciences, Lawrencetown, NS. She is from Oxford, NS and has worked with government and private industry across Canada, Australia and Africa, specializing in mapping and mineral exploration.  Prior to joining the Provincial government 2 years ago, Amy was stationed at a dormant copper mine in Namibia to explore for additional and remnant resources sufficient to restart operations.