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People & Culture

Excerpt from Captain Cook Rediscovered: Voyaging to the Icy Latitudes

Captain Cook Rediscovered: Voyaging to the Icy Latitudes seeks to provide a fresh view on Cook's legacy from a North American perspective.

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History

History

Throwback Thursday: Nazi weather station in Labrador

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History

Start of 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition delayed by weather and other challenges

Search for Sir John Franklin’s lost ships faces unpredictable conditions

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History

Forecasting the White Hurricane

Climatologist David Phillips explores the meteorological legacy of the Great Lakes Storm of 1913

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Parks Canada's Ryan Harris holds a mask, one of the pieces of equipment divers will use once winds subside and they are able to dive at the Franklin shipwreck site.

History

Weather continues to play havoc with dive attempts on Franklin wreck

Parks Canada divers remain on standby

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A crew member on the Martin Bergmann prepares as the ship sails off on the Victoria Strait Expedition last month

History

The Martin Bergmann resumes the Franklin search

As winter weather approaches, searchers focus on whatever areas they can hunt while they can

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Travel

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How to read a solar forecast 

The space weather forecast is a great resource for planning outings to see the northern lights. Here’s what the forecast really means.

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The Ridge Lab of the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) located at Eureka, Nunavut (80N, 86W) on Ellesmere Island

People & Culture

Ring around the pole

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History

Captain’s log: A day of transition

A weather change, a mid-day launch and an upcoming rendezvous

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Kids

Hearts in the Ice: Weather and Climate

From sea ice to ocean currents, Svalbard has a unique yet fragile environment that may look very different as climate change shifts weather patterns

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Environment

How artificial intelligence could help predict major forest fires

Researchers at the University of Alberta have trained a "self-organizing map" to identify high-risk days for fires 

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Environment

“We did this:” Is there a way out of our intertwined climate and biodiversity crises?

As the impacts of global warming become increasingly evident, the connections to biodiversity loss are hard to ignore. Can this fall’s two key international climate conferences point us to a nature-positive future?

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People & Culture

Your photos: Canada weathers the snows of winter

As southwest B.C. comes to grips with a phenomenon called snow, we share some wintry images taken across the country this winter by members of our Photo Club

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Dave Greene and dog Osa snowshoeing

People & Culture

Route Blanche expedition encounters cold weather, warm reception in Quebec

An update from the Route Blanche 2016 snowshoeing expedition

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Mapping

The difference between navigating in the Arctic vs. southern Canada

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People & Culture

Cold-weather photography tips

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Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

Environment

“There’s no coming back from this:” Why the global ocean crisis threatens us all

Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

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Environment

Arctic storms: How scientists are improving forecasts of dangerous polar lows

Polar lows are particularly challenging to forecast due to their small size and short lifetime

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Environment

New show features Canadian tornado chasers

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Travel

Soothing a winter of discontent: Fjallraven’s Kyl and Kyla parkas emerge as an early frontrunner for gear of the year

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Environment

‘Ice hurricane’ off Labrador coast mystifies pilots

At first it appeared to be a weather system: a vast white swirl with a well-defined centre

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People & Culture

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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Travel

Breaking the ice: making the most of spring with Icebreaker’s Allure Travel dress

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Science & Tech

Librarians and researchers react to government library closures

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Travel

A jack(et) of all trades: Taking Westcomb’s Cayoosh out on the Wales Coast Path

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Travel

Dispatches from Antarctica: South Georgia

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Science & Tech

Solar panels for all seasons

Do solar panels work in places that get cold weather and snow? Absolutely.

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People & Culture

First all-women team makes successful summit of Mount Lucania

It was the third attempt at Canada’s third highest peak for the RCGS-funded team

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L’équipe de 2014-2015 de la base antarctique Concordia

Science & Tech

How Antarctic isolation affects the mind

Canadian psychologist Peter Suedfeld is studying stress in the world's harshest environment

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Storm clouds are seen over a pump jack rig

Environment

Northern Tornadoes Project confirms 77 tornadoes in 2020

Program used community reports and remote sensing to confirm tornadoes

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Science & Tech

Storms and wildfires can cut electricity, but microgrids help communities take control

More than 430,000 kilometres of transmission lines crisscross North America

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Patrol Vessel Inkster, RCMP West Coast Marine Services Division

People & Culture

How the RCMP uphold the law on the sea

As the RCMP celebrates its 100th anniversary, ride along with the force’s little-known West Coast Marine Services division

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Wildlife

Endangered sage grouse makes small comeback in Saskatchewan and Alberta

Ecologists attribute the increase to mild winter weather

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Environment

What’s at stake in Ontario’s Ring of Fire

The James Bay Lowlands in northern Ontario contain one of the largest potential mineral reserves in Canada. Now, the region’s economy and environment stand on the brink of massive transformation.

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Pregnant woman standing in front of water, tree in background, during Autumn.

Science & Tech

Study finds link between outdoor temperature and women’s risk of gestational diabetes

Women exposed to warmer temperatures during pregnancy have a higher rate of gestational diabetes compared to those exposed to colder temperatures

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Woman cross-country skiing in the Carhartt women’s Amoret Quilted Coat

Travel

Gear Review: Carhartt Women’s Amoret Quilted Coat

This lightweight fall coat handles changeable shoulder season weather in style

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People & Culture

Exclusive: Adam Shoalts on his epic Trans-Canadian Arctic Expedition

Explorer Adam Shoalts, who completed his monumental 4,000-kilometre journey on September 6, speaks to Canadian Geographic about an expedition that calls to mind the likes of Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Joseph Tyrrell

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Travel

A tribute to Chester, Nova Scotia 

Explorer and author Sir Christopher Ondaatje escapes each summer to the shores of Nova Scotia. This is his tribute to Chester.

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Mapping

Mapping an unprecedented El Niño winter

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A bowhead whale in Cumberland Sound, Nunavut

Wildlife

New research offers insight into the skin care routine of bowhead whales

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found evidence that bowhead whales exfoliate their skin by rubbing against large rocks

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Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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Wildlife

How citizen scientists solved a migration mystery

No one knew golden eagles in the Yukon and Alaska migrated along the Rockies’ front ranges, until an avid birder noticed something strange

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Science & Tech

Energy use in Canada

Where and how we live affect how much energy we consume. Here’s what Canada would look like if the provinces and territories were scaled to represent the amount of energy they use.

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Environment

Half of Canadians consider water most important resource: study

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Un troupeau de bœufs musqués sur l’île Victoria

Science & Tech

What’s killing muskox in the Arctic Islands?

Muskox populations in Canada's High Arctic have been struggling in recent years, and one University of Calgary researcher and her students are working out why

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The MEC Stride Jacket.

Travel

Winter activewear essentials

Hitting the snowy pavement with the MEC Stride Jacket, MEC Bolt Toque and Columbia Castella Peak Striped Hoodie

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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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Women's Full Swing Cryder Jacket

Travel

The only jacket you need for outdoor work

Flexible, comfortable and durable, Carhartt’s Cryder Jacket fits its niche well

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Travel

Gear Review: Carhartt hoodie and vest

Can Geo editors try out Carhartt's latest cold-weather offerings

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A researcher holds a Canada warbler that has been fitted with a tiny geolocator

Wildlife

Report calls for international cooperation to protect migratory birds

Organizations would like to see at least 50 per cent of the boreal forest protected from industrial development

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Environment

Five family-friendly nature activities to try this summer

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Environment

The climate change connection to the west’s devastating fire season

Why are conditions so favourable for wildfires this year?

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The main spillway for the Hydro-Quebec's Riviere des Prairies dam

Science & Tech

Hydroelectricity in Quebec

Four experts discuss Hydro-Quebec and the driving force behind its gigantic network of generating stations

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Calgary Stampeders players Jabari Arthur, Quincy Butler and Marvin White meet fans and sign autographs

People & Culture

The Grey Cup turns 100

With the 100th Grey Cup set to kick off this November, the Canadian Football League and its rough-around-the-edges charm is winning converts

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A still shot from the Fort McMurray International Airport webcam showing explosive development of the fire near the city on the afternoon of May 4th.

Environment

Why the Fort McMurray wildfire was a disaster waiting to happen

Fire behaviour experts who have been monitoring conditions in Alberta say it was only a matter of time before a life-threatening situation developed

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Wildlife

North American monarch population faces quasi-extinction

In the next two decades North American monarch butterflies could be basically gone

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