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Proposed underwater tunnel would connect Newfoundland and Labrador

Posted by Vanessa Hrvatin on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

(Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic)

Newfoundland and Labrador could one day be connected by tunnel.

The province has paid $750,000 for a study to determine the feasibility of constructing a tunnel between the two land masses. The tunnel would be built under the Strait of Belle Isle, at the shortest point between Pointe Amour on the Labrador coast and Yankee Point, located between Flowers Cove and Savage Cove.

Talk of building this tunnel has been ongoing for years, with a pre-feasibility study conducted back in 2004, which ...

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Map explains why Newfoundland technically faces Australia

Posted by Vanessa Hrvatin on Monday, May 9, 2016

(Map: Andy Woodruff)

Peer straight across the ocean from the Newfoundland coast and you might imagine that, were humans able to walk on water, you could skip a straight line all the way to France.

But it turns out that depending where you are along the shore, you might eventually bump into Australia instead.

Cartographer Andy Woodruff has produced a series of maps that show where you would end up if you were to stand at any given point perpendicular to the coast and keep walking straight. Like the Newfoundland-to-Australia ...

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Google Street View maps more of Canada's north

Posted by Nicole Rutherford on Monday, May 9, 2016

(Image: Google StreetView)

Few people ever get to visit the Canadian Arctic. But thanks to Google’s popular Street View tool, armchair travelers can now explore three northern towns from the comfort of their desktop.

Digital imagery from the communities of Red Bay and Nain, Labrador and Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec were captured by Street View as part of Adventure Canada’s Canadian Geographic-sponsored tour of Newfoundland and Labrador in July 2015.

Click on the pictures below to experience 360 degrees of Arctic beauty. ...

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Explore an interactive map of every fossil ever documented

Posted by Alexandra Pope on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

If you've ever wondered what it would look like if you mapped all the fossils ever discovered, wonder no more. Click here to explore the Paleobiology Database Navigator.

"Revealing the history of life" might sound like an impossibly ambitious goal for a single map, but the Paleobiology Database's Navigator platform lives up to its premise.

The database contains information on almost every fossil ever documented around the world, and though it's been around in one form or another since 1998, the Navigator allows the public to explore its contents through time, space and taxonomy on one beautiful, user-friendly interface.

The database's intended audience is ...

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China looks to use Northwest Passage for faster shipping

Posted by Nicole Rutherford on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A map of Arctic sea routes with their actual and projected shipping traffic. (Map courtesy: John Sopinski/The Globe and Mail. Source: The Arctic Institute; U.S. Navy; Carleton University)

As the Arctic warms due to climate change, China has expressed its intention to use the Northwest Passage for cargo shipping.

The passage—which is opening as Arctic sea ice vanishes—would be a much quicker approach to transporting goods, with Chinese reports estimating it to be 30 per cent faster than using the Panama Canal, the traditional route for connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It would also offer an alternate option to the North Sea Passage, which is regulated by Russia.

"Once ...

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