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Earth’s cobalt deposits formed much later than previously believed

EXTRACT: Earth’s cobalt deposits formed much later than previously believed New dating technique shows cobalt and copper mineralization occurred 150 million years later than originally thought. By Katie Willis on November 20, 2018 These minerals compose the cobalt-copper-rich deposits in the Central African Copperbelt. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Saintilan. Cobalt deposits in the ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-11-20

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Fireball network to aid search for meteorites in Western Canada

EXTRACT: Fireball network to aid search for meteorites in Western Canada Western Canada’s most advanced fireball network will automate the detection of meteorite falls. By Katie Willis on November 19, 2018 State-of-the-art all-sky cameras, like this one mounted on the roof of the Henry Marshall Tory Building at the University of Alberta North ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-11-19

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Finding space rocks faster: 'Fireball network' to detect meteorites includes local camera installs

EXTRACT: Finding space rocks faster: 'Fireball network' to detect meteorites includes local camera installs Western Canada is getting a faster way to track fireballs. Nicole Bergot | Updated: November 19, 2018 Geminid meteor shower caught Dec. 12, 2004 using Canon Digital Rebel set on tripod (fixed camera) at ISO 800 and one-minute exposure ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2018-11-19

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Land annexation in Alberta: what you need to know

EXTRACT: Land annexation in Alberta: what you need to know Urban planning expert Sandeep Agrawal highlights the need for understanding what annexation is and how it works By Katie Willis on November 14, 2018 Land annexation is an increasingly common reality in Alberta—and it's one that citizens need to understand, according to urban ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-11-14

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Is the ‘shale revolution‘ already winding down?

EXTRACT: Is the ‘shale revolution‘ already winding down? The efficiencies of shale exploitation technology may be sowing the seeds of a rapid decline By Brad Hayes on November 14, 2018 Calgary’s Business and Troy Media are pleased to welcome Brad Hayes to our roster of contributors. Brad is president of Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd., ...

Media source: Troy Media · 2018-11-14

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"Celebrated, not just endured": How to build a successful winter city

EXTRACT: “Celebrated, not just endured”: How to build a successful winter city Winter cities the world over need stronger focus on social and economic participation, study shows. By Katie Willis on November 7, 2018 Edmonton’s iconic high-level bridge. Photo courtesy of Dawn Graves. How do we make winter cities more successful? The answer lies ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-11-07

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Global forum focused on the future of the world’s oceans

EXTRACT: Global forum focused on the future of the world’s oceans University of Alberta hosts Franco-Canadian roundtable on the impact of climate change in the Arctic Ocean. By Jennifer Pascoe on November 1, 2018 The world’s oceans are vitally important to life on Earth. Playing a major role in the function of our climate ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-11-01

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November 2018 Instructor of the Month, Thomas Chacko

EXTRACT: November 2018 Instructor of the Month, Thomas Chacko Meet Thomas Chacko, November 2018 Instructor of the Month and professor and associate chair in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. By Michaela Ream on November 1, 2018 What do you teach? The main undergraduate course I’ve taught for many years is called Metamorphic ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-11-01

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Climate change and the Arctic: University of Alberta to host French reps at roundtable focusing on polar regions

EXTRACT: Climate change and the Arctic: University of Alberta to host French reps at roundtable focusing on polar regions November 1, 2018 Understanding the impact of climate change on the Arctic Ocean and the Earth’s polar regions will be the focus of a Franco-Canadian roundtable discussion at the University of Alberta next ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2018-11-01

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Speaker emphasizes beauty of human interaction through ‘doom and gloom’ of diminishing Arctic

EXTRACT: Speaker emphasizes beauty of human interaction through ‘doom and gloom’ of diminishing Arctic By Natalie Baliker | October 26, 2018 John England, an Earth and Atmospheric Sciences professor from the University of Alberta in Canada, discussed the impact of climate change on the arctic, and the effects on people worldwide at the ...

Media source: Daily Campus · 2018-10-26

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Sulphide Re-Os geochronology links orogenesis, salt and Cu-Co ores in the Central African Copperbelt

EXTRACT: The origin of giant, sedimentary rock-hosted copper-cobalt (Cu-Co) provinces remains contentious, in part due to the lack of precise and reliable ages for mineralisation. As such, no consensus has been reached on the genetic model for ore formation, and the relationships between tectonism, palaeo-fluid circulation and mineralisation. Here, we link ...

Media source: Scientific Reports · 2018-10-08

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New research about Martian moons contradicts long-held theory

EXTRACT: New research about Martian moons contradicts long-held theory The red planet’s two moons are likely pieces of the planet itself rather than stray asteroids, say scientists. October 4, 2018 | By KATIE WILLIS Mars' two moons, Phobos and Deimos, were likely formed from chunks blasted from the red planet rather than from ...

Media source: Folio · 2018-10-04

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MGS?TES Spectra Suggest a Basaltic Component in the Regolith of Phobos

EXTRACT: The origins of the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos have been the subjects of considerable debate. Visible and near?infrared spectra of these bodies are dark and nearly featureless, with red slopes of varying degrees. These spectra are generally consistent with those of carbonaceous asteroids, leading to the hypothesis that Phobos ...

Media source: Journal of Geophysical Research · 2018-09-24

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Research subjects that grow on trees; international graduate student recognized

EXTRACT: Research subjects that grow on trees; international graduate student recognized Celebrating the 2018 Vanier scholar in the Faculty of Science. By News Staff on September 6, 2018 Award-winning research doesn’t grow on trees, but the plants studied by Faculty of Science graduate student Jose Guzman in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-09-06

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Understanding Alberta’s ethnic communities

EXTRACT: Understanding Alberta’s ethnic communities New study explores ethnic settlements in Alberta’s two largest cities. By Katie Willis on September 5, 2018 Ethnic communities provide secure, supportive spaces for immigrants in Canada, according to a new study by University of Alberta researchers. And they don’t develop as a product of poverty, discrimination, or deprivation. “Almost ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-09-05

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Ethnic Spatial Segmentation in Immigrant Destinations - Edmonton and Calgary

EXTRACT: Immigrant destinations other than Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver are often overlooked in Canadian immigration and settlement debates and discussions. Between 2011 and 2016, such destinations received over 40% of all immigrants arriving in Canada. This study endeavors to systematize the classification of communities where immigrants are destined to settle. It ...

Media source: Journal of International Migration and Integration · 2018-09-05

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The impact of the fly-in, fly-out workforce

EXTRACT: The impact of the fly-in, fly-out workforce UAlberta researchers examine the impacts of transient workers in Fort McMurray, Alberta. By Katie Willis on September 4, 2018 The fly-in, fly-out work force model in the city of Fort McMurray may have a negative impact on the community, according to a study by University of ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-09-04

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Transiency, Fly-In-Fly-Out Workers, and Sustainability: Perceptions From Within a Resource-Based Community

EXTRACT: The dynamics of the modern workforce required for large industrial development has changed over the last several decades. More specifically, many companies based in oil and gas extraction are opting to adopt a fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workforce model, in particular those based on the extraction and production of oil and gas, ...

Media source: WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment · 2018-09-04

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The original sunscreen: Iron-silica particles unlock part of the mystery of Earth’s oxygenation

EXTRACT: The original sunscreen: Iron-silica particles unlock part of the mystery of Earth’s oxygenation Particles in ancient seawater helped cyanobacteria to oxygenate Earth’s oceans billions of years ago By Katie Willis on August 7, 2018 Iron-silica particles helped shield cyanobacteria like these, which played a key role in the oxygenation of Earth's atmosphere ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-08-07

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UV radiation limited the expansion of cyanobacteria in early marine photic environments

EXTRACT: Prior to atmospheric oxygenation, ecosystems were exposed to higher UV radiation fluxes relative to modern surface environments. Iron–silica mineral coatings have been evoked as effective UV radiation shields in early terrestrial settings. Here we test whether similar protection applied to planktonic cyanobacteria within the Archean water column. Based on experiments ...

Media source: Nature Communications · 2018-08-06

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U of A ranked among world's top 50 in eight subjects

EXTRACT: U of A ranked among world's top 50 in eight subjects Engineering, MBA programs lead list of subjects rated among world's best in 2018 Shanghai rankings. By SEAN TOWNSEND | July 30 2018 The U of A ranks among the top 50 universities in eight of the 54 subjects assessed in a ...

Media source: Folio · 2018-07-30

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Ancient snake embryo found encased in 105-million year-old amber

EXTRACT: Ancient snake embryo found encased in 105-million year-old amber First fossilized embryo rewrites what paleontologists know about ancient snakes. By Katie Willis on July 18, 2018 An ancient snake embryo, preserved in 105-million year-old amber, provides important new information on the evolution of modern snakes, according to a new study led by University ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-07-18

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A mid-Cretaceous embryonic-to-neonate snake in amber from Myanmar

EXTRACT: We present the first known fossilized snake embryo/neonate preserved in early Late Cretaceous (Early Cenomanian) amber from Myanmar, which at the time, was an island arc including terranes from Austral Gondwana. This unique and very tiny snake fossil is an articulated postcranial skeleton, which includes posterior precloacal, cloacal, and caudal ...

Media source: Science Advances · 2018-07-18

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Earth’s Youngest Banded Iron Formation to Exist in Western China

EXTRACT: Earth’s Youngest Banded Iron Formation to Exist in Western China Brad Bennett — July 13, 2018 Scientists have now one more reason to change how they see the evolution of the complex life, now that they’ve discovered the Earth’s youngest banded iron formation. A new study was done by the geologists from ...

Media source: Advocator · 2018-07-13

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Scientists discover Earth’s youngest banded iron formation in western China

EXTRACT: Scientists discover Earth’s youngest banded iron formation in western China Discovery provides evidence of iron-rich seawater much later than previously thought. By Katie Willis on July 11, 2018 Earth’s youngest banded iron formation in western China. Photo credit: Kurt Konhauser The discovery of Earth’s youngest-ever banded iron formation is changing how scientists understand ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-07-11

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