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25

Jun

World’s first UFO landing pad still waiting for its first alien visitorThe landing pad was originally built by the town of St. Paul in Alberta, Canada to attract tourists both from this world, and from afar.

World’s first UFO landing pad still waiting for its first alien visitor
The landing pad was originally built by the town of St. Paul in Alberta, Canada to attract tourists both from this world, and from afar.

21

Mar

Brilliant fireball over Canada sparks meteorite huntIt’s possible that more than one meteorite emerged from the fireball, which started out about the size of a basketball.

Brilliant fireball over Canada sparks meteorite hunt
It’s possible that more than one meteorite emerged from the fireball, which started out about the size of a basketball.

05

Mar

What’s causing Canada’s ‘rock snot’ infestation?Thick and extensive blooms of this particular algae are known to affect the structure and function of river ecosystems.

What’s causing Canada’s ‘rock snot’ infestation?
Thick and extensive blooms of this particular algae are known to affect the structure and function of river ecosystems.

10

Dec

Photo of the day: Twilight descends on Banff National ParkThe Canadian Pacific Railway snakes around the banks of the frozen Bow River on Dec. 7 as the sun sets on Morant’s Curve, one of the most famous spots in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Established in 1885, Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park. Featuring stunning ice fields, dense coniferous forests and glaciers, Banff is one of the most visited national parks in the world.
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Photo of the day: Twilight descends on Banff National Park
The Canadian Pacific Railway snakes around the banks of the frozen Bow River on Dec. 7 as the sun sets on Morant’s Curve, one of the most famous spots in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.
 
Established in 1885, Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park. Featuring stunning ice fields, dense coniferous forests and glaciers, Banff is one of the most visited national parks in the world.

See more incredible photography.

03

Sep

Meteor’s impact in Canada took climate change in a new directionThis cooling period, called the Younger Dryas, was originally attributed to a sudden shutdown in Northern Atlantic Ocean currents.

Meteor’s impact in Canada took climate change in a new direction
This cooling period, called the Younger Dryas, was originally attributed to a sudden shutdown in Northern Atlantic Ocean currents.

26

Aug

Geese-scaring drone keeps Canadian beach cleanOfficials hope the aircraft will help prevent unsafe E. coli counts, which have caused beach closures in the past.

Geese-scaring drone keeps Canadian beach clean
Officials hope the aircraft will help prevent unsafe E. coli counts, which have caused beach closures in the past.

06

Aug

15-foot long African rock python escapes from pet store, kills 2 boys in Canada

09

Mar

Big melt expected for Canadian Arctic glaciers
Scientists used computer models to predict how the glaciers would respond to future climate change, and the results were not reassuring.

Big melt expected for Canadian Arctic glaciers

Scientists used computer models to predict how the glaciers would respond to future climate change, and the results were not reassuring.

07

Mar

Proposal to ban trade in polar bear parts fails at international wildlife conference
The U.S.-backed proposal was opposed by Canada, which is home to two-thirds of the world’s polar bears.

Proposal to ban trade in polar bear parts fails at international wildlife conference

The U.S.-backed proposal was opposed by Canada, which is home to two-thirds of the world’s polar bears.

19

Feb

laurajmoss:

I could’ve written a book after interviewing these people, but I had to settle for a thousand words.
Living in the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’Life is a bit quieter in Churchill, Manitoba these days. The tourists have left, and the polar bears have disappeared into the icy Hudson Bay to hunt for seals. The “Polar Bear Capital of the World” is now essentially without polar bears. At least for a few months. The bears will swim ashore in mid-July, but they won’t gather in great numbers until September. This is when bear season begins in Churchill, a town with fewer than 1,000 residents. By November, sometimes 60 polar bears can be seen on a given day. Polar bears can grow as long as 10 feet and weigh up to 1,400 pounds, and the arrival of some of the world’s most powerful predators makes life in Churchill different from anywhere else on the planet. If you live in Churchill, you don’t walk the streets at night during bear season. You keep your car doors unlocked — if a bear shows up, you’ll need shelter fast. And when you hear horns, you walk away and let the “bear catchers” do their job.
Read more.

laurajmoss:

I could’ve written a book after interviewing these people, but I had to settle for a thousand words.

Living in the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’

Life is a bit quieter in Churchill, Manitoba these days. The tourists have left, and the polar bears have disappeared into the icy Hudson Bay to hunt for seals.
 
The “Polar Bear Capital of the World” is now essentially without polar bears. At least for a few months.
 
The bears will swim ashore in mid-July, but they won’t gather in great numbers until September. This is when bear season begins in Churchill, a town with fewer than 1,000 residents. By November, sometimes 60 polar bears can be seen on a given day.
 
Polar bears can grow as long as 10 feet and weigh up to 1,400 pounds, and the arrival of some of the world’s most powerful predators makes life in Churchill different from anywhere else on the planet.
 
If you live in Churchill, you don’t walk the streets at night during bear season. You keep your car doors unlocked — if a bear shows up, you’ll need shelter fast. And when you hear horns, you walk away and let the “bear catchers” do their job.

Read more.