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Revealing Earth's early secrets

EXTRACT: Revealing Earth's early secrets Scientists uncover insights into the formation of Earth's oldest continental crust. By Jennifer Pascoe on September 19, 2016 Addressing fundamental unknowns about the earliest history of Earth’s crust, scientists have precisely dated the world’s oldest rock unit at 4.02 billion years old. Driven by the University of ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-09-19

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No evidence for Hadean continental crust within Earth’s oldest evolved rock unit

EXTRACT: Due to the acute scarcity of very ancient rocks, the composition of Earth’s embryonic crust during the Hadean eon (>4.0 billion years ago) is a critical unknown in our search to understand how the earliest continents evolved. Whether the Hadean Earth was dominated by mafic-composition crust, similar to today’s oceanic ...

Media source: Nature Geoscience · 2016-09-19

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U of A Scholars Join Ranks of Royal Society

EXTRACT: U of A Scholars Join Ranks of Royal Society In recognition of their outstanding scholarly and scientific achievement, three University of Alberta researchers have been elected to Canada’s most revered scholarly institute: the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). Five more have joined a cohort of next-generation Canadian research leaders as members ...

Media source: The QUAD · 2016-09-19

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Chair comes full circle from student days

EXTRACT: Chair comes full circle from student days Meet Stephen Johnston. The student who submitted his thesis on a mountain top who has returned to the U of A as Chair of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. By Jennifer Pascoe on September 13, 2016 Alumnus Stephen Johnston returns to the U ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-09-13

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Last mammoths on Alaska island likely died of thirst

EXTRACT: Last mammoths on Alaska island likely died of thirst Mammoths eroded crucial watering hole until they had no fresh water left to drink, study suggests By Emily Chung, CBC News Posted: Aug 03, 2016 12:54 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 03, 2016 2:03 PM ET Rising sea levels and the influx ...

Media source: CBC News · 2016-08-03

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Solving the mystery of mammoth extinction on St. Paul Island

EXTRACT: Solving the mystery of mammoth extinction on St. Paul Island Scientists identify smoking gun with evidence of the end of thirsty megafauna. By Jennifer Pascoe on August 1, 2016 Why did the St. Paul Island mammoths go extinct more than 6000 years after mainland populations? That was the question asked by an international team of scientists including ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-08-01

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University of Alberta planning program donation will help meet Alberta's needs

EXTRACT: University of Alberta planning program donation will help meet Alberta's needs The U of A's planning school gets some big bucks. By: Alex Boyd Metro Published on Thu Jul 28 2016 The University of Alberta’s planning program got a major donation from developer Brookfield Residential, which the school says will help meet the need for ...

Media source: Metro News · 2016-07-28

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Perfecting the art and science of urban planning

EXTRACT: Perfecting the art and science of urban planning Industrial partnership strengthens Urban and Regional Planning Program By Jennifer Pascoe on July 27, 2016 Professor Sandeep Agrawal, director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program, is all smiles thanks to a new industry partnership. A reflection of the rising ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-07-27

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Diamonds Illuminate the Origins of Earth's Deepest Oceans

EXTRACT: Diamonds Illuminate the Origins of Earth's Deepest Oceans Crystals could be the key to where our water came from, and what that means for finding life on other planets. By Rachel Becker | smithsonian.com | June 21, 2016 9:07AM It was a spring day in 2009, and ...

Media source: Smithsonian · 2016-06-21

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Geology grad digs up success

EXTRACT: Geology grad digs up success For Ebberly MacLagan, not even the sky is the limit By Kristy Condon on June 8, 2016 The world has gotten a lot bigger for new geology grad Ebberly MacLagan over her past few years, taking her from the family farm to the top of her ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-06-08

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Edmonton a gateway city for 13,000 years, bison fossils show U of A researchers

EXTRACT: Edmonton a gateway city for 13,000 years, bison fossils show U of A researchers By Ainslie Cruickshank | Published on: June 6, 2016 Where there were bison, there were people. At least that's the thinking behind a new study of bison fossils found in Edmonton and northeastern B.C. Researchers from the University of ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2016-06-06

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Geothermal energy research in Alberta making strides with new technology

EXTRACT: Geothermal energy research in Alberta making strides with new technology Research maps reservoirs of hot water kilometres beneath the earth that could be converted into electricity By Sarah Lawrynuik, CBC News Posted: Jun 06, 2016 6:27 AM MT There are no commercial geothermal plants currently operating in Alberta, but new research is ...

Media source: CBC News · 2016-06-06

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Humans didn’t wait on melting ice to settle the Americas

EXTRACT: Humans didn't wait on melting ice to settle the Americas By Lizzie WadeJun. 6, 2016 , 3:00 PM Fossils of extinct steppe bison helped researchers determine when a habitable corridor opened between the ice age glaciers of Canada. For most of the last ice age, enormous glaciers covered western Canada. And ...

Media source: Science · 2016-06-06

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Amid tragedy, an opportunity for Fort McMurray to rethink its future

EXTRACT: Amid tragedy, an opportunity for Fort McMurray to rethink its future When the fires that have ravaged northern Alberta this week eventually subside, the task of rebuilding Fort McMurray will begin. It promises to be a long, complicated process that will raise questions about the kind of community residents and ...

Media source: Globe and Mail · 2016-05-06

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Canadian town, already staggering from oil bust, hit by wildfires

EXTRACT: Canadian town, already staggering from oil bust, hit by wildfires By Rod Nickel | Wed May 4, 2016 5:25pm EDT May 4 Fort McMurray, the Canadian oil town engulfed by wildfires, was already crippled by a collapse in crude prices before flames raced into the once-booming city, burning hundreds ...

Media source: Reuters · 2016-05-04

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Unlocking early ocean evolution

EXTRACT: Unlocking early ocean evolution Copper provides clues to the rise of oxygen on Earth. By Jennifer Pascoe on April 18, 2016 Banded iron formations, such as this one pictured in Western Australia, captured chemical features of ancient seawater when they formed in iron-rich oceans billions of years ago. Banded iron formations, such ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-04-18

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Diamonds are forever

EXTRACT: Diamonds are forever New diamond exploration research training school poised to strengthen Canada's industry By Jennifer Pascoe on April 14, 2016 Graham Pearson (centre), Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Resources, is leading the new Diamond Exploration Research and Training School out of the University of Alberta. From their ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-04-11

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Edmonton region developed faster than any other major Canadian centre, new study shows

EXTRACT: Edmonton region developed faster than any other major Canadian centre, new study shows By Gordon Kent, March 26, 2016 The amount of land developed in the Edmonton region more than tripled in the last four decades, growing faster than any other major Canadian urban centre, new research shows. Between 1971 ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2016-03-26

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Time to chill: University of Alberta's ice-core storage and research facility receives $2.3-million grant

EXTRACT: Time to chill: University of Alberta's ice-core storage and research facility receives $2.3-million grant Construction is set to begin next month on a University of Alberta facility to store and do research on 1,700 metres of core ice from Canada's Arctic. With a $2.3 million grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2016-02-25

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$2.3M grant moves ice cores a step closer to UAlberta

EXTRACT: $2.3M grant moves ice cores a step closer to UAlberta Funding will provide for storage, research on Canada's ice core collection. The goal of housing Canada's ice core collection at the University of Alberta and turning it into an accessible scientific resource is a big step closer to reality, ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-02-24

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Fighting an uphill battle on receding glaciers

EXTRACT: Fighting an uphill battle on receding glaciers Majority of Earth's glaciers not expected to survive the century. The debris-covered Baltoro glacier in Pakistan, with porters and scientists navigating the route. Thick debris, like that found on the Baltoro glacier, acts a shield to protect the ice from melting. Thin layers, however, are ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-02-11

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U of A professor finds hands-on learning a big advantage for students

EXTRACT: U of A professor finds hands-on learning a big advantage for students Undergrads who get practical experience 'are always a step ahead of their peers,' Jeffrey Kavanaugh says University of Alberta students take measurements on a rooftop weather station, which is a practical part of their environmental instrumentation class An award-winning University of ...

Media source: CBC News · 2016-02-10

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New Canada Research Chairs inspired by magnificence of nature

EXTRACT: New Canada Research Chairs inspired by magnificence of nature Two new chairs join seven renewals and one advancement among Canada's finest researchers. When Amy Tsai talks about fluids, it's easy to think her wonderment and reverence for the liquid state might just as well have taken her into the arts as it ...

Media source: UAlberta News · 2016-02-09

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Weathering heights

EXTRACT: Weathering heights Students take to top of Tory Building to monitor meteorological patterns. Professor Jeff Kavanaugh oversees students installing weather stations at University of Alberta. A group of 24 University of Alberta undergraduate students are taking to the roof of the Tory Building during this unseasonably warm month of February. They are up ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-02-08

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Introducing 'Bob from Edmonton,' the man behind the Times' most popular comment

EXTRACT: Introducing 'Bob from Edmonton,' the man behind the Times' most popular comment Top commenter has one tip for Canadians, regardless of political bent: 'Be vigilant and engaged' His online comment has the unique honour of being named the most popular ever made on the New York Times website, earning him 7,040 recommendations ...

Media source: CBC News · 2016-01-01

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