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Student aids the search for diamonds in the Canadian North

EXTRACT: Student aids the search for diamonds in the Canadian North Graduate student wins award for work on kimberlite study in Nunavut By Katie Willis on April 20, 2018 Graduate student Garret Harris studies osmium isotopes in the Arctic Resources Laboratory. Graduate student Garrett Harris is looking for new diamond potential in the Canadian ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-04-20

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Scientists discover first subglacial lakes in Canadian Arctic

EXTRACT: Scientists discover first subglacial lakes in Canadian Arctic Super salty water beneath ice could serve as a terrestrial analogue for a habitat for life on other planets. By Jennifer Pascoe on April 11, 2018 An analysis of radar data led scientists to an unexpected discovery of two lakes located beneath 550 ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-04-11

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One degree rise in atmospheric temperature causes ripple effect in world’s largest High Arctic lake

EXTRACT: One degree rise in atmospheric temperature causes ripple effect in world’s largest High Arctic lake An interdisciplinary team of scientists explores Lake Hazen’s rapid response to climate change. By Jennifer Pascoe on April 6, 2018 Lake Hazen, usually covered in ice even in mid-summer, is completely iceless in this photo from July ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-04-06

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Latin America’s tropical dry forests fading away

EXTRACT: Latin America’s tropical dry forests fading away Date: 30/03/18 | By: Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade [SÃO PAULO] Only 40 per cent of the “original extent” of tropical dry forests remains intact in Latin America, according to a 13-year-monitoring project. The rest have been irretrievably lost, mainly due to deforestation ...

Media source: SciDevNet · 2018-03-30

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The world's largest High Arctic lake responds rapidly to climate warming

EXTRACT: Using a whole-watershed approach and a combination of historical, contemporary, modeled and paleolimnological datasets, we show that the High Arctic’s largest lake by volume (Lake Hazen) has succumbed to climate warming with only a ~1?°C relative increase in summer air temperatures. This warming deepened the soil active layer and triggered ...

Media source: Nature Communications · 2018-03-29

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Characterizing climate change

EXTRACT: Characterizing climate change Canadian-led environmental monitoring ranked fourth globally for Santa Rosa National Park supersite. By Jennifer Pascoe on March 16, 2018 The Santa Rose National Park environmental monitoring supersite monitors tropical dry forests’ response to climate change with carbon flux towers, wireless spectral networks, satellite technology, and drone research, producing more ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-03-16

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Scientists found the world’s fourth most abundant mineral in diamond

EXTRACT: Scientists found the world’s fourth most abundant mineral in diamond Earth’s oceanic crust, world's fourth most abundant mineral, calcium silicate perovskite, University of Alberta By Amit Malewar -| March 11, 2018 Scientists discovered a sample of perovskite, the world's fourth most abundant mineral, locked in a diamond unearthed from the Cullinan Mine ...

Media source: Tech Explorist · 2018-03-11

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Examining the geography of personal recovery

EXTRACT: Examining the geography of personal recovery How Joshua Evans studies spaces of care and harm reduction programs in Alberta. By Katie Willis on March 8, 2018 As a human geographer, Joshua Evans is curious about the ways marginalized individuals are connected, disconnected, and reconnected to the communities in which they live and ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-03-09

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U of A researcher finds never-seen mineral inside 'super-deep diamond'

EXTRACT: U of A researcher finds never-seen mineral inside 'super-deep diamond' The mineral, calcium silicate perovskite, is the fourth-most abundant mineral on Earth CBC News · Posted: Mar 09, 2018 2:39 PM MT Researchers from the University of Alberta have found a never-before-seen mineral inside a diamond from the depths of South Africa. The ...

Media source: CBC News · 2018-03-09

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For The First Time Ever, We've Found a Deep-Earth Mineral Inside a Diamond

EXTRACT: For The First Time Ever, We've Found a Deep-Earth Mineral Inside a Diamond It's never been seen in nature before. MICHELLE STARR | 8 MAR 2018 For the first time, scientists have found calcium silicate perovskite (CaSiO3) on the surface of Earth. It may be the fourth most abundant mineral on Earth, ...

Media source: Science Alert · 2018-03-08

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Diamond in South Africa contains Earth mineral never seen before

EXTRACT: Diamond in South Africa contains Earth mineral never seen before By Denis Bedoya on March 8, 2018 A never-before-seen mineral has been discovered in a stunning ‘super-deep diamond’ formed in the Earth’s mantle. Calcium silicate perovskite is usually buried 400 miles below the surface and is thought to be the planet’s fourth ...

Media source: Infosurhoy · 2018-03-08

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Diamond discovery under pressure

EXTRACT: Diamond discovery under pressure Super-deep diamond provides first evidence in nature of Earth's fourth most abundant mineral, indicating the very deep recycling of oceanic crust EDMONTON (March 7, 2018, 11am MST)--For the first time, scientists have found Earth's fourth most abundant mineral--calcium silicate perovskite--at Earth's surface. "Nobody has ever managed to keep this ...

Media source: Eureka Alert! · 2018-03-07

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Diamond discovery under pressure

EXTRACT: Diamond discovery under pressure Super-deep diamond provides first evidence in nature of Earth’s fourth most abundant mineral, indicating the very deep recycling of oceanic crust. By Jennifer Pascoe on March 7, 2018 For the first time, scientists have found Earth’s fourth most abundant mineral—calcium silicate perovskite—at Earth’s surface. “Nobody has ever managed ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-03-07

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UNBC and Alberta researchers create formula for curling

EXTRACT: UNBC and Alberta researchers create formula for curling By Jeff Slack | Sunday, Feb. 18th, 2018 Prince George is no stranger to the Scottish sport of curling, but have you ever wondered how that giant rock was able to slide down the ice? That was the question UNBC Professor Mark Shegelski asked ...

Media source: My Prince George Now · 2018-02-18

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The Science Of Curling Revealed

EXTRACT: The Science Of Curling Revealed By Cheryl Jahn | February 16, 2018 PRINCE GEORGE — With Prince George seeking the Tim Horton's Brier, and Canada's successes in curling at the Olympic Games, the sport is top of mind for many these days. A UNBC Physics Professor has recently published a paper ...

Media source: CKPG Today · 2018-02-16

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Striking a balance: Economics and the environment

EXTRACT: Striking a balance: Economics and the environment New associate professor Sasha Wilson shines light on the environmental aspects of economic geology. By Katie Willis on February 8, 2018 Sasha Wilson and her team haul water up a mineral waste pile outside Brisbane, Australia for on-site testing. Credit: Jessica Hamilton “Anything can become a ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-02-08

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Mysterious 'pants' arch baffles internet, geologists and Nunavut tourism office

EXTRACT: Mysterious 'pants' arch baffles internet, geologists and Nunavut tourism office 'My first reaction when I saw the photo was, ‘No way, this is definitely Photoshopped,’ says tourism worker By Priscilla Hwang, CBC News Posted: Feb 03, 2018 3:00 AM CT Behold. A massive, pants-like rock formation, standing tall and glorious in a pool of ...

Media source: CBC News · 2018-02-03

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Unexpected deep-Earth oxidized iron surprises geologists

EXTRACT: Unexpected deep-Earth oxidized iron surprises geologists by Mihai Andrei | January 29th, 2018 Researchers drilling into the Earth’s mantle have made an unexpected finding: analyzing rocks which came from 550 km below the surface, they discovered highly oxidized iron, similar to the rust we see on our planet’s surface. If there’s something you ...

Media source: ZME Science · 2018-01-29

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Scientists find oxidized iron deep within the Earth’s interior

EXTRACT: Scientists find oxidized iron deep within the Earth’s interior Unexpected finding shows surprises geoscientists around the world By Katie Willis on January 22, 2018 Scientists digging deep into the Earth’s mantle recently made an unexpected discovery. Five hundred and fifty kilometres below the Earth’s surface, they found highly oxidized iron, similar to the rust ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-01-22

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Oxidized iron in garnets from the mantle transition zone

EXTRACT: The oxidation state of iron in Earth’s mantle is well known to depths of approximately 200?km, but has not been characterized in samples from the lowermost upper mantle (200–410?km depth) or the transition zone (410–660?km depth). Natural samples from the deep (>200?km) mantle are extremely rare, and are usually only ...

Media source: Nature Geoscience · 2018-01-22

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Climate change is actually good for something: Alberta barley

EXTRACT: Climate change is actually good for something: Alberta barley By Jennifer Crosby | January 18, 2018 A new study from the University of Alberta shows climate change could benefit Alberta barley crops. The study shows climate change is likely to lead to an increase in barley yields. The key is a reduced need ...

Media source: Global News · 2018-01-18

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On the trail of tungsten

EXTRACT: On the trail of tungsten New economic geology professor searches for critical metals. By Jennifer Pascoe on January 10, 2018 Pilar Lecumberri-Sanchez is on the hunt for critical metal-bearing mineral deposits, while navigating not only economic but also environmental needs. The Spain-born scientist’s search has now brought her to the University of Alberta, ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-01-10

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Researcher solves the riddle of how a curling rock achieves the sport’s eponymous curl

EXTRACT: Researcher solves the riddle of how a curling rock achieves the sport’s eponymous curl It took four years and the perfect analogy to figure it out. By NATALIE SAMSON | JAN 09 2018 A curling rock curves down a sheet of ice like the blade in a circular saw jams against a ...

Media source: University Affairs · 2018-01-09

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'A perfect storm': Alberta Beach ice quake is a mystery, says Edmonton expert

EXTRACT: 'A perfect storm': Alberta Beach ice quake is a mystery, says Edmonton expert 'The mystery there is why would it warm, expand, and then crack? That's the mystery' CBC News Posted: Jan 04, 2018 10:23 AM MT An earthquake that rattled houses in a village northwest of Edmonton Monday was no ...

Media source: CBC News · 2018-01-04

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Hack to the house: Scientist's mathematical model shows why a curling rock curls

EXTRACT: Hack to the house: Scientist's mathematical model shows why a curling rock curls Sadly for University of Alberta professor emeritus Ed Lozowski, his latest foray into the dynamics of ice friction may never be classed as performance-enhancing mathematics for curlers. By Juris Graney | Published on: December 11, 2017 His groundbreaking ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2017-12-11

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