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News Archive - March 2014

Don Lawton honoured with lifetime membership in CSEG

Dr. Don Lawton was granted an honourary lifetime membership in the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) at a special luncheon on March 6, 2014 in recognition of his distinguished career. Congratulations, Don!


Water researchers follow the trail of Alberta's agricultural runoff

World Water Day: Trace compounds reveal what's what in drinking water

by Jennifer Allford March 21, 2014 on UToday

Every year, up to 65 per cent of the water consumed in Alberta is used in irrigation to grow a wide variety of crops and Bernhard Mayer is one of the researchers examining that water once it ends up back in the province’s rivers and aquifers. Read more on UToday


Oilsands sand originated in eastern North America, study shows

University of Calgary-led research is first of its kind, uncovering origin of Alberta's oilsands sediment

By Mark Lowey March 14, 2014 on UToday

They’re called the Alberta oilsands but most of the sand actually came from the Appalachian region on the eastern side of the North American continent, a new University of Calgary-led study shows. Read more on UToday


Frost quake in Calgary NW: community, students, researchers collaborate

Q&A with David Eaton, professor of geophysics in the Faculty of Science

March February 13, 2014 on Science News

On March 3 at 5 p.m. a loud boom was reported across North West Calgary. Civic authorities ruled out initial concerns of an explosion. This loud boom was widely reported in the local media and created a lot of buzz around water coolers in the city. The idea of a “frost quake” was raised instead, prompted by numerous reported frost quakes in Ontario earlier this year.


Prestigious Vernadsky Medal for 2013-2014 awarded to Dr Ian Hutcheon

Congratulations to Dr Ian Hutcheon, Professor Emeritus in Geoscience, who has been awarded the Vernadsky Medal from the

International Association of GeoChemistry for 2013-2014!  Dr Ian Cartwright, Chair of the IAGC awards committee, stated that the award is in recognition of Ian's long-standing and influential research in his work in applying geochemistry to a range of fields, including diagenesis, sediment‐hosted ore deposits, porosity evolution in overpressured sedimentary basins, mineral‐fluid reactions, clay mineralogy, and CO2 sequestration. Acknowledgement of this award will appear in future issues of the IAGC newsletter and Elements.


Frost Quake investigation "a very interesting synergy between university research, students and the general public,” said Eaton

Frost quake gains credence as big boom theory (with video) March 9

Possible frost quake crack found in N.W. Calgary March 7

Earthquakes Canada asks for your help in determining the epicenter of Tuesday’s seismic activity.  March 7