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The truth about polar bears

Depending on whom you ask, the North’s sentinel species is either on the edge of extinction or an environmental success story. An in-depth look at the complicated, contradictory and controversial science behind the sound bites

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Canadian Shield rock near Sturgeon Chutes on the Wanapitei River, French River

Environment

Behind the Canadian Shield

To fully understand our national identity, we must consider Canada’s geology as well as its geography 

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History

Throwback Thursday – the legacy of J.B. Tyrrell

Looking back at Joseph Burr Tyrrell's contributions to Canada

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A woolly mammoth with large curling tusks wanders through an icy landscape under billowing grey clouds

Wildlife

A mammoth journey: how scientists traced a mammoth’s migration

Researchers used chemical tracers to map the movements of an ancient woolly mammoth

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A purple martin silhouetted in flight against a blue sky

Wildlife

Migration in the time of climate change

New technology is helping researchers understand how birds time their migrations when the seasons send mixed signals

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Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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Wildlife

“Whale superhighway” map marks World Whale Day

Plus: Marathon hare migrations, increasingly efficient wolves, wandering basking sharks and homemaking bees

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Wildlife

Shark tag finds its way home

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Wildlife

Managing the white-tailed deer population

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Wildlife

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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Exploration

Left: The cover of Joanna Kafarowski's new book on Louise Arner Boyd,

Exploration

The society dame who became a polar explorer

After inheriting her family's staggering fortune, Louise Arner Boyd organized, financed and directed seven expeditions to the Arctic — yet her contributions to polar science remain virtually unknown

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People & Culture

Presenting the 2019 RCGS award winners

In celebration of its 90th year, the RCGS handed out awards to a diverse and star-studded roster of honourees

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People & Culture

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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People & Culture

Canadians share their love for museums with selfies

#MuseumSelfie trended on Twitter January 20th as people the world over shared their snaps.

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People & Culture

Trans Canada Trail and AccessNow unite: New partnership creates greater accessibility

Canadian Paralympians and Para athletes join the mission to increase trail accessibility across Canada

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Welcome to Flat Earth 101*

*Do your own research

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Wildlife

Caribou are vanishing at an alarming rate. Is it too late to save them?

After more than a million years on Earth, the caribou is under threat of global extinction. The precipitous decline of the once mighty herds is a tragedy that is hard to watch — and even harder to reverse.

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People & Culture

The cowboy exclaims: The ballad of an ageing vaquero and his troubled horse, Bunny

The ultimate goal of vaquero horsemanship is to produce a “finished” horse: an exceptionally responsive animal that is a true partner to its rider

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Travel

Five things to do in Lower Manhattan, New York City

The neighbourhood at the southern tip of the island is more than just Wall Street and skyscrapers

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North Atlantic right whale in Gulf

Wildlife

Federal government announces new measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

Following a deadly summer for the endangered whales, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is tightening regulations for crab fishers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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A cougar sits in a tree

Wildlife

The cat came back: Canada’s cougar comeback

Why Canada’s cougars are on the rise — and what that means for us

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Christmas presents with brown paper wrapping

Environment

5 ways to cut down on plastic waste this holiday season

Wrapping paper, packaging, plastic plates and cutlery — it all adds up. Here are some easy ways to avoid a nightmare around Christmas. 

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Humpback whale in the broughton archipelago, bc

Wildlife

Giants of the Broughtons

Whales are beginning to return to B.C. waters — but will they find a safe haven?

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Wildlife

The erosion of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act threatens iconic Algonquin wolf

Algonquin wolves face an uncertain future primarily because they can be legally shot and trapped in many parts of Ontario

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The scene at the Canadian Museum of Nature on September 19 for the National Bird Debate

People & Culture

Ten things the RCGS got up to in September

Celebrating the art of cartography, a lively national bird debate and the launch of an exciting educational contest

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Toronto city skyline misty with lake in foreground

Environment

Deforestation in the 19th century changed the chemistry of Lake Ontario

As trees were cleared for farmland beginning in the 1830s, nitrogen levels in the lake began to rise

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Science & Tech

Canadian scientist joins NASA’s first mission to bring samples from Mars back to Earth

Chris Herd is the only Canadian on the Mars rover sample return team

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Fishing boat on the shore of Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Science & Tech

Hearts in the Ice: History and culture

From coal mining to scientific research, the remote archipelago of Svalbard has a rich and complex heritage

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Researchers from the international PoLAR-FIT team are revealing a four-million-year-old forest beautifully preserved in permafrost and peat on Nunavut’s Ellesmere Island

Environment

Uncovering Pliocene landscapes in Canada’s High Arctic

Researchers from the international PoLAR-FIT team are revealing a four-million-year-old forest beautifully preserved in permafrost and peat on Nunavut’s Ellesmere Island

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People & Culture

Seven more amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to this year

From a solo ski and mountain-climbing expedition to the South Pole to a project that mapped portions of Devon Island’s coasts for the first time, see what just a few of the RCGS’s Fellows have been working on in late 2018

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Science & Tech

How mobile labs are changing Arctic science

Innovative laboratories are adding new capabilities to climate research and communications in the western Arctic 

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Science & Tech

Why the fossils in B.C.’s Burgess Shale are so well preserved

Burgess Shale is famous for the exquisite and uncommon detail in its fossilized soft-bodied organisms. Here's the science behind the phenomenon.

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Science & Tech

Space mining is not science fiction, and Canada could figure prominently

The mining industry is actively looking towards new frontiers in mining

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Environment

Excerpt from A Book of Ecological Virtues

The Anthropocene is a proposed geological epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems

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Guide Ed English pulls off a perfect turn on a high wall in Gros Morne National Park

Travel

Skiing Gros Morne National Park

Hitting the backcountry slopes in Newfoundland

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Science & Tech

Canadian rover set to land on moon within five years

The unmanned vehicle will collect imagery and data of the surface the moon

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Environment

Geography word of the week: Pahoehoe

Learn the meaning of pahoehoe

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Caving began to gain a foothold in Canada in the mid-1960s

Exploration

Subterranean trailblazers 

Caving: The ultimate underground sport

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The Trinity Test nuclear bomb fireball

Environment

Anthropocene: Geologists urge global recognition of new, human-influenced epoch

This week, the International Union of Geological Sciences will consider a proposal to add a new epoch to the geologic time scale — one that reflects the impact of human activity on Earth's natural systems

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Catherine Hansen (right), spouse of new astronaut Jeremy Hansen

Exploration

Spouse of a new astronaut

Catherine Hansen talks about meeting CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen and their life together

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Environment

Oldest known pine tree fossils discovered in Nova Scotia

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Travel

A tour of the best skiing in the Rockies

Leslie Anthony shares the best of the big hills

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CAE ships anchored at Bernard Harbour, Nunavut, in 1914

Exploration

Canada’s unsung expedition

A century after the start of the thrilling expedition that strengthened claims to Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, the first Canadian Arctic Expedition remains a largely unknown part of the country’s history

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Jill Heinerth documenting shipwrecks in Newfoundland.

Environment

Jill Heinerth on Canada’s underwater geography

Jill Heinerth, diver extraordinaire, talks about the glory of Canada's underwater geography

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People & Culture

Interview with Margaret Atwood

We caught up with Margaret Atwood at The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2015 College of Fellows Annual Dinner to talk about Canada’s geography, climate change and how to get away with murder in the Arctic.

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Two tunnel workers climb through the cutter head on May 13, 2011, to celebrate the safe completion of mining the 10.2 kilometre Niagara Tunnel

Science & Tech

New energy in Niagara

How a giant hole will help Ontario’s shift away from fossil fuels

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People & Culture

Throwback Thursday: An ode to National Parks

Henrietta Wilson wasn’t the first to write a love letter to Canada’s mountains, and I doubt she’ll be the last.

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People & Culture

Again River Expedition: 50 years later, river memories run deep

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People & Culture

Q&A: Canada’s top caver on mapping Mount Tupper system

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Researchers explore the Tunnunik impact crater in Canada's Arctic

Science & Tech

Exposing the secrets of the largest Arctic meteorite crater found in a decade

A new way of mapping impact craters could even change how astronauts prepare for the moon and Mars

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