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Geothermal research project sets sights on Grande Prairie

EXTRACT: Geothermal research project sets sights on Grande Prairie By Jenny Oatway - May 20, 2015 City Council is excited about an opportunity to explore the potential for harnessing geothermal energy in our region. Council received a presentation at last night's meeting from Jonathan Banks, a research associate from the University of ...

Why bring ice to Alberta?

EXTRACT: Why bring ice to Alberta? There are 12,000-year-old secrets trapped inside, that's why By Geoff McMaster on March 27, 2015 Team of researchers extracting ice cores Photo credit: Doug Clark The University of Alberta is working to adopt a national collection of glacier ice, some of it dating back more than 12,000 years. While ...

The rifting apart of a continent: Part III

EXTRACT: The rifting apart of a continent: Part III 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. This is the final entry in a series ...

'We were sure somebody fired a rocket at us': Bruderheim to celebrate meteorite 55 years later

EXTRACT: Story Tools Font size: Photo visibility: Hide All Show Top Only Show All ‘We were sure somebody fired a rocket at us’: Bruderheim to celebrate meteorite 55 years later By Marty Klinkenberg, Edmonton JournalMarch 1, 2015 Professor Chris Herd, University ...

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 A’s ‘game-changing’ 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 Earth’s mysteries: U of A grad

EXTRACT: EDMONTON - Volcanic ash, which can provide valuable snapshots of Earth’s 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 Earth’s past together that ...

Six faculty members named to Royal Society

EXTRACT: Six UAlberta faculty members named to Royal Society Fellowships recognize professors’ 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 ...