News archive - 1993

Monday, May 24, 1993

Field tripping: North America's first oil well

Visit the Oil Museum of Canada, Oil Springs, Ontario, the site of the first oil well in North America. Oil Springs is 35 km south of Sarnia. The Oil Museum of Canada is open May 1st to October 31st, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Open year round for tours. (519) 834-2840.

Monday, May 24, 1993

Gas storage in a pinnacle reef

In 1988, Union Gas entered into negotiations for the development of a pinnacle reef to be used for storage of natural gas. The pinnacle reef, known as Dow Sarnia Block "A" Pool, is five kilometres south of Sarnia in the Silurian Guelph Formation (Fig. 1). The reef was discovered using seismic surveys in 1980 and was completed as a gas producer. From 1981 to 1986, the reef produced 87.45 million cubic metres (3.087 billion cubic feet) of gas. Production from the reef ceased in July 1986.

Monday, May 24, 1993

Jurassic National Park

The Economist, 26 October 1991©

When cows die on the arid Wyoming ranges, their necks gradually bow backwards as the tendons dry and shrink in the sun. Much the same applies to dinosaurs. An Allosaurus unearthed near Graybull, Wyoming this September had its neck curled so sharply that the back of its fearsome skull almost touched the spine. Anyone innocent of the effects of dessication on a neck might think it has died in paroxysms of agony; or was throwing its head back in laughter at the shenanigans of its discoverers.

Monday, May 24, 1993

Petroleum deodorized: early Canadian history of the ‘Doctor Sweetening’ process

W.A.E. McBryde, Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo

Monday, May 24, 1993

Quanternary Sciences Institute

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1

Paul F. Karrow

Glacial erratics

Why are many of the fields around Waterloo so stony? Why are there piles of boulders along some fence lines, gathered there by farmers clearing their fields? Why do contractors encounter so many boulders when excavating for foundations?

The glaciers did it!

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