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Unlocking the clues to climate change

EXTRACT: John England on the sea ice of Ekalugad Fiord as an undergraduate, doing his first independent research project in 1967 in what is now Nunavut The glacial ice of Canada's North may hold clues to understanding the effects of climate change on the entire world. The University of Alberta is ...

The rifting apart of a continent: Part II

EXTRACT: The rifting apart of a continent: Part II Martyn Unsworth is on an expedition to learn more about the unusual Mount Erebus volcano in Antarctica. This continuously active volcano is not on a plate boundary, but is actively rifting apart the continent. He will be sharing a series of his ...

Martin Sharp: 2014 Royal Society of Canada Fellow

EXTRACT: Martin Sharp: 2014 Royal Society of Canada Fellow By Sandy Robertson on January 15, 2015 In recognition of his lifetime achievements in research and for guiding public understanding of our changing climate. Martin Sharp, professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the Royal ...

Alberta researchers use high tech tools for climate health checks

EXTRACT: Alberta researchers use high tech tools for climate health checks By Lee Rickwood, Published on: December 31, 2014 The crickets are not chirping. It's a small indicator, but as one bit of information among the tens of thousands gathered every second about life in the rainforest and the health of our interconnected ...

Discover Magazine: Top 100 Stories of 2014

EXTRACT: #25: Diamonds Reveal Hidden 'Oceans' in Earth's Mantle A tiny speck of of the mineral ringwoodite makes waves. A tiny diamond weighing less than 1?200th of an ounce makes for a puny engagement ring, but what it tells geologists is priceless: Vast quantities of water might lurk unseen deep within the hot, ...

The birth and death of oceans: what ancient Pangea has to say about future supercontinents

EXTRACT: The birth and death of oceans: what ancient Pangea has to say about future supercontinents Pangea, the supercontinent that contained most of the Earth's landmass until about 180 million years ago, endured a rather apocalyptic undoing during the Jurassic period - when the Atlantic Ocean opened up. This is well understood. ...

ConocoPhillips Canada rocks UAlberta science and engineering students

EXTRACT: ConocoPhillips Canada rocks UAlberta science and engineering students Teaching, research spaces named in recognition of ongoing support and sponsorship for practical programs. By Sheila Graham on November 21, 2014 (Edmonton) Participating in a geological field school helped University of Alberta graduate student Eric Timmer make sense of classroom concepts: "Once you actually see ...

New book on oilsands pioneer John Allan offers fascinating glimpse of early Alberta

EXTRACT: New book on oilsands pioneer John Allan offers fascinating glimpse of early Alberta November 21, 2014. 11:52 pm o Section: BizBuzz o Posted by Gary Lamphier Alberta's oilsands have become a giant wealth generator and job creator over the past dozen years, and are likely to power the province's economy ...

U of A's "game-changing" sensors revolutionize methods of monitoring climate science data

EXTRACT: U of Aís Ďgame-changingí sensors revolutionize methods of monitoring climate science data By Sheila Pratt, Edmonton JournalNovember 19, 2014 Student researchers from the University of Alberta install state-of-the-art wireless sensor networks in remote forests around the world to monitor high resolution photosynthesis and seasonal productivity trends to ...

The rifting apart of a continent: U of A geophysicist joins expedition to Antarctica to study unusual Mount Erebus volcano (Part I)

EXTRACT: The rifting apart of a continent: U of A geophysicist joins expedition to Antarctica to study unusual Mount Erebus volcano Martyn Unsworth is on an expedition to learn more about the unusual Mount Erebus volcano in Antarctica. This continuously active volcano is not on a plate boundary, but is actively ...

Prehistoric volcanic eruption leaves intercontinental footprint

EXTRACT: Prehistoric volcanic eruption leaves intercontinental footprint UAlberta-led research shows that a distinct deposit of volcanic ash originating in Alaska also appears in the Greenland Ice Sheet and across northwestern Europe. By News Staff on September 29, 2014 (Edmonton) A new study led by University of Alberta researchers has shown that a ...

Surprising spread of volcanic ash key to solving Earthís mysteries: U of A grad

EXTRACT: EDMONTON - Volcanic ash, which can provide valuable snapshots of Earthís history, appears to drift much farther than previously thought, says a University of Alberta graduate who is part of a team that made the important discovery. And that could help scientists tie information and events in Earthís past together that ...

Six faculty members named to Royal Society

EXTRACT: Six UAlberta faculty members named to Royal Society Fellowships recognize professorsí outstanding achievements as scholars, scientists, artists and advocates. By Michael Brown on September 9, 2014 Six UAlberta professors were named fellows of the Royal Society of Canada for 2014. UAlberta's newest fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (clockwise from top left): Mark ...

Science prof looks to past climate change to understand future impact

EXTRACT: Science prof looks to past climate change to understand future impact New professor returns to familiar campus to teach lessons from history in how climate change may affect Arctic ice sheets. By Bev Betkowski on July 3, 2014 New University of Alberta assistant professor Alberto Reyes above a glacier at the edge of ...

Ancient rocks yield clues about Earth's earliest crust

EXTRACT: Ancient rocks yield clues about Earth's earliest crust PhD student's studies of four-billion-year-old rocks show ancient crust generated in an Iceland-like setting. PhD student Jesse Reimink studied some of the oldest rocks on Earth to find out how the earliest continents formed. (Edmonton) It looks like just another rock, ...

Earthís earliest evolved crust generated in an Iceland-like setting

EXTRACT: It is unclear how the earliest continental crust formed on an Earth that was probably originally surfaced with oceanic crust. Continental crust may have first formed in an ocean island-like setting, where upwelling mantle generates magmas that crystallize to form new crust. Of the oceanic plateaux, Iceland is closest in character to ...

Municipal amalgamations often cost: expert

EXTRACT: Municipal amalgamations often cost: expert By Gordon Kent, Edmonton Journal April 30, 2014 6:28 AM Sandeep Agrawal, head of the University of Alberta planning department said that municipal almagamation often ends up raising costs. EDMONTON Ā] While Canadian municipalities that join together usually expect to save money, the move often ends up raising costs instead, the ...