A Tale of Two Rivers

By Kira Hoffman, General Sciences Co-editor   In December 2014, residents of Jordan River received some unwelcome news. The 103-year-old Jordan River Dam, located 7 km upstream of this tiny seaside community on southwestern Vancouver Island, had been deemed unlikely to withstand a major earthquake. Six years earlier, BC Hydro had commissioned a peer-reviewed study […]

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An ecosystem with high mercury: Photos and photons welcome

by Sara Klapstein, New Science Communicator Guest Blogger When I tell people I study mercury, they often think I study the planet, not the element. Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature and, due to its unique chemical properties, it can cycle between land, air, and water through a variety of […]

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It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, it’s not even a dinosaur…it’s a pterosaur!

llustrations of 33 different pterosaur headcrests, showing the diversity of this group of reptiles.

 By Sri Ray-Chauduri and Kathi Unglert, Earth and Environmental Sciences Co-editors Dinosaurs always seem to excite people, whether it’s an actual discovery, like the tail vertebrae with feathers found this past December in Myanmar, or fictional stories, like Hollywood’s upcoming Jurassic World 2, rumoured to combine human and dinosaur DNA in the plot. But dinosaurs, which lived […]

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Every Stone Has a Story

By Katie McCulloch, New Science Communicator Guest Blogger   615+ Million years ago. Parrsboro, Nova Scotia (ish). Earth. The sun shines down on an unfamiliar landscape. The Earth looks different, from its barren surface to the arrangement of the continents. What will eventually become part of Nova Scotia is unrecognisable and volcanically active. Of particular […]

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CBC’s “Fault Lines”: A podcast that delivers what it promises?

By Kathi Unglert, Earth and Environmental Sciences Coeditor “Fault Lines” is a new podcast produced by the CBC and narrated by Vancouver seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe. Over five half-hour episodes, we learn about two earthquake scenarios likely to happen in BC, including their potential effects on us in the hours, days, and weeks after the shaking stops. Overall, […]

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