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Lake Louise

The Unknown Norseman of Lake Louise, Canada

I wasn’t sure what to expect as I rounded the corner from the parking lot with my husband, Charlie, and his coworker, Michael, toward Chateau Lake Louise, located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada during June, 2001. I had heard…
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Space Shuttle Encounters: A Giant Leap for the Geokind

I have to admit, I’ve had some pretty cool experiences as a field geologist in my earlier years, and one place that offered me many of these was Kennedy Space Center. I’m sure most of you are familiar with this…
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11 Tips on Interviewing from a Manager’s Perspective.

The job interview process is one of the more nerve-wracking experiences you can go through when searching for a job.  Between getting all of your documents and thoughts ready and trying to keep your nerves under control, it can feel…
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Burgess Shale Yoho National Park

Burgess Shale Geology Adventures – Yoho National Park

Burgess Shale. The name sounded familiar, as I read through the travel guides of Yoho National Park. I had been in Banff for a couple of days and wondered about traveling farther out that day – out of my comfort…
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Why Go Green?

Why Go Green?

Yesterday, I heard about another aquifer that can no longer be used as a drinking water supply. Years of radioactivity in the area has contaminated the aquifer, and now concentrations are way above safe drinking water standards. This is another…
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Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge – Washington’s Gem

Near the northwestern end of Washington state, lies an enormous mountain range known as the Olympics and within it, the beautiful, snow-capped mountains of Hurricane Ridge. Part of Olympic National Park, you can experience these mountains by walking alongside them…
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Mars Express Video Released!

Check out this new Mars Express video released by the European Space Agency (ESA)! It’s a video of the topography of Mars as the Mars Express orbiter travels over the land surface. The images are very sharp and you can…
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A Black Hawk and a Geologist: Geo Field Life

I didn’t think too much of the siren light, as I passed through the entrance gate my first day at a laser testing facility in central Florida.  To me, this didn’t seem like anything more than the typical contamination assessment…
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Springs Dashboard now available in southwest Florida!

Interested in how the springs are doing near the coast of southwest Florida? There’s now a “Springshed Dashboard” available on the Southwest Florida Water Management District website that provides a snapshot on the location, current condition and characteristics of the…
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Hoh Rain Forest – A Unique Beauty in Olympic National Park

Northwest Washington is probably the last place you’d expect rain forests!  But they are there! Nestled between the Pacific Ocean, snow-capped mountains of Hurricane Ridge, and Mount Olympus, lies beautiful Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, one of the…
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Red Rock Canyon and a Hanging: Geo Travels

When normal people go on vacation, they love spending time on the beach, going shopping, resting by a clear, blue pool, getting a massage at a spa — you know, those wonderfully pampering trips. But, as any of my family…
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Rocky Mountain Majesties: Field Camp Adventures

I was 33 when I went to geology field camp, prior to graduation with my Bachelor’s.  Five of us were headed to the same destination from the University of South Florida that year, so it was nice to be amongst…
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Oh no! Why is there a sinkhole in your backyard?

The worst sinkhole I’ve ever seen developed at an 84-year-old man’s Brooksville, Florida home following tropical storm Debby last year.  At first, the house and property became inundated with water, but then sinkholes began opening up in the front yard….
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