News archive - 2006

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

2005 Wood Bursary Winner: Amy Nicoll

A University of Waterloo Earth Sciences undergraduate student received the Wood Bursary for the second year in a row. This year's winner of the prestigious $6000 award from the Women's Association of the Mining Industry of Canada Foundation is Amy Nicoll (see photo above), who accepted the award at a ceremony in Toronto in October. Michelle Sabourin was the Waterloo recipient in 2004.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

The Champlain Sea: here yesterday, gone tomorrow

One of the surprising things of the "Ice Age" is that about 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, a large embayment of the Atlantic Ocean extended up the St. Lawrence Valley into southern Quebec and eastern Ontario. The seashore extended across from the Lake Ontario basin near Kingston northeastward near Carleton Place to the Ottawa Valley as far as Pembroke. All of Ontario east of that shoreline, including Ottawa, and much of the St. Lawrence Valley of Quebec was flooded by sea water to depths as great as 100m (Fig. 1).

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Naples and Mt. Vesuvius

Two issues ago I started a brief review about the geologically hazardous position of Naples, Italy, snuggled between the volcanically active area of Campi Flegrei in the west and the Somma-Vesuvius volcanic complex to the east.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Graphite

Graphite is an opaque, non-metallic carbon polymorph that is blackish silver in colour and metallic to dull in sheen. Since it resembles the metal lead, it also known colloquially as black lead or plumbago.

Formation of graphite

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Acid mine drainage: past, present...future?

By: Michael C. Moncur

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