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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, ...

Earth’s 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 ] While Canadian municipalities that join together usually expect to save money, the move often ends up raising costs instead, the ...

Scientist explores worlds past and present

EXTRACT: Scientist explores worlds past and present By: Victoria Paterson | Posted: Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 06:00 am HE LIKES DIRT – J.P. Zonneveld doesn't shy away from the muck at Willapa Bay, Wash. during a group expedition to sample modern mudflats to understand how animals rework sediment in intertidal ...

Quaternary glaciations and sea level change in the Canadian Arctic: special theme in honour of the career of Professor John England

EXTRACT: Quaternary glaciations and sea level change in the Canadian Arctic: special theme in honour of the career of Professor John England David J.A. EvansCorresponding author contact information, E-mail the corresponding author Department of Geography, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK ...

Canadian researcher studies catastrophic “supervolcanos”

EXTRACT: Canadian researcher studies catastrophic "supervolcanos" By Marc Montgomery | Monday 17 March, 2014 Uturuncu volcano in the central Andes in 2011 showing the research team led by University of Alberta geophysicist Martyn Unsworth, setting up precision instruments. A 100 km area has been rising at 1cm a year, possibly signalling ...

Rough diamond hints at vast quantities of water inside Earth

EXTRACT: The Guardian home Rough diamond hints at vast quantities of water inside Earth Battle-scarred diamond provides evidence of 'wet zone' 410km below the surface where water is locked up inside minerals Ian Sample Ian Sample, science correspondent ...

Deep Earth has oceans' worth of water, $10 diamond reveals

EXTRACT: Deep Earth has oceans' worth of water, $10 diamond reveals University of Alberta researchers find 'meteorite mineral' that formed naturally on our planet By Emily Chung, CBC News Posted: Mar 12, 2014 2:00 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 12, 2014 3:13 PM ET University of Alberta geochemist Graham Pearson holds a ...

Mineral hints at bright blue rocks deep in the Earth

EXTRACT: Mineral hints at bright blue rocks deep in the Earth By Simon Redfern Science writer Minerals preserved in diamond have revealed hints of the bright blue rocks that exist deep within the Earth. They also provide the first direct evidence that there may be as much water trapped in those rocks as there ...

Water from a stone: Tiny diamond contains secrets of Earth’s mantle

EXTRACT: March 12, 2014 Water from a stone: Tiny diamond contains secrets of Earth's mantle By TU THANH HA Water locked within a diamond formed deep inside the earth offers new insights into what makes our planet tick – and suggests a vast reserve of water locked below the surface A pea-sized diamond picked ...

Rare Diamond Confirms that Earth's Mantle Holds an Ocean's Worth of Water

EXTRACT: Rare Diamond Confirms that Earth's Mantle Holds an Ocean's Worth of Water The diamond contains ringwoodite, which is water-rich but only forms naturally under the extreme pressures of the mantle Mar 12, 2014 |By Becky Oskin and LiveScience | image of a glassy uncut diamond on a white background wtih light green inclusions A ...

Yellowstone supervolcano a local threat, too

EXTRACT: Url: http://www.edmontonsun.com/2014/03/07/yellowstone-supervolcano-a-threat-to-edmonton--and-the-world# 1 / 2 Yellowstone supervolcano a local threat, too By Kevin Maimann, Edmonton Sun, Posted: Saturday, March 08, 2014 03:00 PM MST Imagine a thick fog closing in on the city. As you step outside under the blotted sun, you’re covered in sharp, grey particles that blanket the streets. Scientists have discovered Yellowstone ...

Woolly mammoth diet mystery solved by DNA analysis

EXTRACT: Woolly mammoth diet mystery solved by DNA analysis Nutritious veggies, not just grass, covered ice age Arctic, study finds By Emily Chung, CBC News Posted: Feb 05, 2014 1:00 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 05, 2014 2:37 PM ET Huge mammals including mammoth, horse, reindeer, bison and musk ox roamed ...

Ancient Arctic mystery solved: What did a woolly rhino do for food? New study has ‘profound’ answers

EXTRACT: Toronto Star News / World Ancient Arctic mystery solved: What did a woolly rhino do for food? New study has ‘profound’ answers Forbs, flowering plants, were the food of choice for woolly mammoths, woolly rhinos, horses and bison until the last glacial maximum, new research shows Ancient Arctic mystery solved: What did a woolly ...

Mastering science of the slide crucial to success of every winter Olympian

EXTRACT: Mastering science of the slide crucial to success of every winter Olympian By IVAN SEMENIUK Think about it: Every sport at the Winter Olympics relies on some kind of man-made object sliding over ice or snow. As Ivan Semeniuk writes, winning isn't just about the athletes, but also the scientists - mastering ...

University of Alberta opens new diamond lab

EXTRACT: Graham Pearson, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Resources, will develop new technologies for diamond exploration in the new Arctic Resources Geochemistry Laboratory. (Photo: Richard Siemens) If diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend than a new lab at the University of Alberta could be set to make a lot of ...

New world-class diamond lab opens at University of Alberta

EXTRACT: A new lab at the University of Alberta is shining bright -- like a diamond. The Arctic Resources Geochemistry Laboratory is one of the largest and best equipped labs in the world. Researcher Graham Pearson officially opened the lab Wednesday, with the hopes that it will help further the development for dating ...

University of Alberta minerals lab uncovers diamonds in the rough

EXTRACT: The University of Alberta on Wednesday opened a glittering minerals research centre that could become the diamond industry’s best friend. The largest facility of its kind, the Arctic Resources Geochemistry Laboratory will help scientists and companies identify valuable deposits buried hundreds of kilometres beneath the ground. “Diamond exploration is a very time-consuming ...

World-leading lab opens new frontiers in diamond research

EXTRACT: A University of Alberta researcher will continue to open up new frontiers in diamond research in Canada’s Arctic with one of the largest and best-equipped labs in the world. Graham Pearson, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Resources at the U of A, officially opened the Arctic Resources Geochemistry Laboratory on ...

New Canada Research Chairs for UAlberta

EXTRACT: New Canada Research Chairs for UAlberta National research chairs will lead promising research in education, health care, cell biology and Earth sciences. By Michael Brown on November 14, 2013 UAlberta's new and advanced Canada Research Chairs named Nov. 14 Canada Research Chairs (from left) Mark Gierl, David Marchant, Ben Montpetit, Shannon Scott and Long ...