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May 16, 2013 | Geology.com
Why Natural Gas Cars are Selling Slowly
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Natural Gas Could Kill Fuel Diversity
Large Hurricane on Saturn
Who Becomes Dominant After a Mass Extinction?
Diamond Dust over Saskatoon
The Bone Worm
Canadian Government Ads for Keystone XL|
May 16, 2013 | The Globe and Mail
The Canadian government is spending millions of dollars to rally support for the Keystone XL pipeline from US lawmakers.
Utica Shale to Canada Pipeline?|
May 14, 2013 | Ohio.com
A natural gas pipeline between the Utica Shale in Ohio and natural gas consumers in Ontario, Canada has been proposed by a group of transmission companies.
No Keystone XL? Send Tankers Through the Arctic|
May 6, 2013 | Alaska Dispatch
The government of Alberta is looking into the possibility of shipping tar sand crude to foreign markets on tankers through the increasingly ice-free Arctic Ocean.
Diamond Dust over Saskatoon|
May 3, 2013 |
The Earth Science Picture of the Day for April 29th was “diamond dust” glowing from reflected natural light and city lights outside of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Natural Gas Imports from Eastern Canada|
April 28, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
The amount of natural gas being imported from eastern Canada into the United States has dropped to about 1/2 of the average of the previous five years.
Extreme Algal Blooms|
April 5, 2013 | National Science Foundation
“A 2011 record-breaking algae bloom in Lake Erie was triggered by long-term agricultural practices coupled with extreme precipitation, followed by weak lake circulation and warm temperatures, scientists have discovered.” Quoted from the National Science Foundation press release.
Canada Has an NEO Satellite|
March 4, 2013 | Christian Science Monitor
The Canadian Space Agency has launched their Near Earth Object Surveillance Satellite that will look for near-Earth asteroids in a region of space where Earth-based telescopes are unable to monitor.
Canadian and US LNG Export Projects Advance|
February 26, 2013 | Reuters
Royal Dutch Shell received a license to export LNG from a plant in British Columbia and in the United States Pangea LNG received permission to export LNG from a planned location in Texas.
Japex: Hangingstone Oil Sands Project|
January 24, 2013 | Japan Petroleum Exploration Company
Japan Petroleum Exploration Company plans to produce 20,000 barrels per day of bitumen from their Hangingstone oil sands project in Alberta Province, Canada. The project will use the steam-assisted gravity drainage method and will be increased to 30,000 barrels per day based upon performance.
Falling Water Levels in the Great Lakes|
January 18, 2013 | CNN
Water levels on the Great Lakes were at December record lows last month, causing problems at some ports and requiring some cargo ships to lighten their loads.
Foreign Resource Ownership and Energy Security|
December 28, 2012 | Toronto Star
Are major acquisitions of North American oil and gas assets by a Chinese state-owned company a threat to the energy security of the United States and Canada? Some members of Congress and the energy industry do not like the potential transaction.
Shipping Eagle Ford Crude to Canada?|
December 25, 2012 | My San Antonio
Valero Energy is going to ship crude oil produced from the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas to a refinery in Canada. Why? They will save $2/barrel.
Will Geologists Buy the Ekati Mine?|
December 13, 2012 | Stockhouse.com
Charles Fipke and Stewart Blusson discovered the diamond deposit that was developed into Canada’s famous Ekati Mine. Now BHP Billiton wants to sell and the geologists have first refusal rights.
Falling Coal Exports to Canada|
December 3, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
Coal exports from the United States to Canada have fallen sharply since 2008. The decline is a response to Canada moving their electric generating capacity to other fuels and methods.
BHP Billiton Sells its Diamonds|
November 15, 2012 | The Globe and Mail
Suffering diamond prices has prompted BHP Billiton to sell their stake in the Ekati Mine and their diamond marketing business.
Shale Gas in Alberta|
November 12, 2012 | Alberta Geological Survey
The Alberta Geological Survey has published: What is Shale Gas? An Introduction to Shale-Gas Geology in Alberta. This is a stratigraphic and geographic summary with lots of references.
50 Years of GIS|
November 11, 2012 | ESRI
An article on the ESRI website looks back to the establishment of the Canadian Land Inventory, an event that might be considered the start of the GIS concept and the first published use of “geographic information system” that appeared in 1968.
First Sailboat Crosses the Northwest Passage|
November 9, 2012 | Alaska Dispatch
An article in the Alaska Dispatch reports on the first crew to sail from Greenland to Alaska through the Northwest Passage in a 31-foot sailboat with an unreinforced fiberglass hull.
Alberta Unconventional Oil and Gas Estimates|
November 8, 2012 | Alberta Geological Survey
The Alberta Geological Survey released estimates of unconventional oil and gas resources held in the Duvernay, Muskwa, Montney, Banff/Exshaw, Wilrich, Nordegg, and Rierdon shale and siltstone formations. Total P50 estimates of resources in place for Alberta, were 3,424 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, 58.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, and 423.6 billion barrels of oil.
Most Popular: 10/28 to 11/03|
November 5, 2012 | Geology.com
Google Map: Hurricane Sandy
Canadian Earthquake Sends Tsunami Towards Hawaii
Hurricane Sandy Impact Photos
Huge Storm on Saturn
California Volcano Observatory
The Salt Marsh Mystery
Melting Glaciers Threaten Bolivia’s Water Supply
Canadian Earthquake Sends Tsunami Towards Hawaii|
October 28, 2012 | CNN
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake beneath the Queen Charlotte Islands region, off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada triggered a tsunami heading across the Pacific Ocean. Evacuation warnings were issued for coastal areas of Hawaii and for shoreline communities in British Columbia.
Canada evacuations from The Globe and Mail
Latest reports from CNN.
USGS earthquake summary.
Johnsons Landing Landslide|
September 25, 2012 | The Landslide Blog
The Landslide Blog has an update on the Johnsons Landing landslide that killed four people in July in British Columbia, Canada.
Canada Energy Report|
September 20, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
“Canada is a net exporter of most energy commodities and is an especially significant producer of conventional and unconventional oil, natural gas, and hydroelectricity. It stands out as the largest foreign supplier of energy to the United States [...]. Just as the United States depends on Canada for much of its energy needs, so is Canada profoundly dependent on the United States as an export market. Quoted from the Energy Information Administration country report.
Metamorphic Rocks of the Bancroft Area
September 18, 2012 | Magma Cum Laude
Jessica Ball has four very interesting posts with lots of great photos featuring the metamorphic rocks in the Bancroft area (and lots of other topics). 1 2 3 4
Carbon Capture from Oil Sand Processing|
September 9, 2012 | Reuters
One of the primary criticisms of extracting the oil from oil sands is the amount of carbon dioxide that is produced. Royal Dutch Shell is planning to spend $1.35 billion on a project that captures the carbon dioxide and store it in subsurface rock units.
Reroute of the Keystone XL Pipeline|
September 6, 2012 | FoxBusiness.com
TransCanada submitted environmental impact documents related to a new route for the Keystone XL pipeline that relocate it it away from sensitive areas in Nebraska.
Large Triceratops Discovered in Alberta|
August 22, 2012 | Smithsonian.com
“While paleontologists have already discovered many Triceratops specimens from the United States, Canadian paleontologists made headlines last week when they found what appears to be an especially big representative of this famous dinosaur in Alberta.” Quoted from the Smithsonian Blog.
Rapid Melting in the Northwest Passage|
August 13, 2012 | NASA Earth Observatory
Warm summer temperatures have been melting the ice pack on the Northwest Passage (a sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the Canadian Archipelago).
NASA’s Earth Observatory has a satellite image pair showing the Passage on July 17 with heavy ice cover and the Passage on August 3 with significantly reduced ice cover.
Related: What is the Northwest Passage?
Cascadia Subduction Zone|
August 10, 2012 | USGS
“The subduction of the Juan de Fuca plate beneath North America changes markedly along the length of the subduction zone, notably in the angle of subduction, distribution of earthquakes, volcanism, geologic and seismic structure of the upper plate, and regional horizontal stress.” Quoted from the USGS article.