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Highlights/exploration

History, Indigenous, International, Politics, Science and Technology

Maud set to finally return home, a century later.

The 36.5 metre long Maud was a purpose-built ship designed with the technology of the early 20th century specifically to conquer the Arctic sea and ice. Maud was built near Oslo and Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen intended to sail» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

Supreme Court to hear seismic exploration case in Arctic waters

A international consortium of companies has sought to perform seismic tests in oil and gas exploration in the waters off Baffin Island in northern Canada. Local residents are worried the loud blasts will scare off or even harm the marine» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Politics, Science and Technology

Seismic ocean exploration, U.S. scientists and Canadian Inuit say no!

Controversy continues: ocean seismic tests and effects on marine life In 2011 a consortium of Norwegian oil companies applied for seismic exploration of the seabed off the coast of Canada’s Baffin Island. The cross-hatched area indicates zones to be extplored» 

Economy, Society

Drop expected in exploration for arctic diamonds

Exploration spending in Canada’s diamond-rich Northwest Territories (N.W.T.) is expected to drop by 54 per cent this year, estimates the Canadian government. Analysts blame a decline in diamond prices due to less demand in China’s jewellery industry. Canada’s arctic region» 

History, Science and Technology

HMS Erebus- Arctic recovery mission 2015

After countless searches over more than 160 years, the mystery of the lost Arctic mission of Sir John Franklin was partially resolved in 2014. That was when one of the two long-missing ships was found. Summer 2015- The tedious work» 

Economy, International, Science and Technology

Earthquakes and fracking: a danger to what extent?

According to the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission, two recent and noticeable earthquakes in the northwestern part of the province were caused by gas extraction operations.The Commission said Progress Energy’s fracking operation caused a 4.4 magnitude quake in August» 

Economy, Environment, International, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

Shell: Go-ahead for Arctic drilling

Shell Oil has overcome the final hurdle in its plans for exploratory drilling in the Arctic. The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement approved Shell’s final drilling permits, and the company can now begin drilling exploration wells this summer» 

International, Lifestyle, Science and Technology

Canadian student still in the running for Mars Colony

It’s a one way trip, to an unknown and very uncertain future on Mars. Still, when it was announced, some 200.000 people in over 140 countries put their names forward. A Dutch-based non-profit company is behind the Mars One project» 

International, Science and Technology

The marvel of historic comet landing, and Canada’s role

It is an unbelievable technological achievement. The  “Rosetta” spacecraft with the “Philae” lander were sent into space on a 500 million kilometer journey to land on a comet. It is so far away in fact that even at light-speed of» 

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, Politics

Government offers land reserved for reindeer grazing in Canada’s North for oil, gas exploration

Land reserved for reindeer grazing in Canada’s North has instead been offered up by the Canadian government for oil and gas exploration, according to a Canadian Press report by journalist Steve Rennie. Companies interested in obtaining exploration rights in the Mackenzie»