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Global geography trivia


Posted by Sara Black in Mapping on Tuesday, February 24, 2015



In what country are the Carpathian mountains located? (Photo: JøMa/Wikimedia Commons)

The Canadian Geographic Challenge is turning 20 years old! It’s CG Education’s oldest program, so to celebrate we've combed through past quiz questions and compiled some of our favourites. So, until registration closes on March 1, we’re encouraging all Canadians to use these questions to test their own high school geography knowledge. And while you’re at it, tell the teachers in your life to register for what proves to be our most exciting Challenge yet!

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Mapping the future of sustainable agriculture


Posted by Keegan Smith in Mapping on Monday, February 23, 2015



Seedmap.org displays hundreds of stories on ecological farming issues from around the world.

The face of farming is changing. Decades ago, industrial economies promised to feed the world with new mechanized and chemical farming methods. In the years since, however, many farmers have come to realize that increased yields come with hidden social, economic, and ecological price tags. In response, a counterculture of sustainable farming, focused on preserving biodiversity, has been growing. As “agroecology” gains popularity with both growers and consumers, the challenge has become the large-scale ...

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Why you should be happy Niagara Falls isn't actually frozen


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Nature on Friday, February 20, 2015



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No, the recent cold snap hasn't frozen Niagara Falls to a standstill. But it is quite pretty, as evidenced by the above photos from George Kourounis. The extreme weather enthusiast and Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society recently travelled to the icy waterfall to investigate claims that Niagara Falls had frozen over. He returned underwhelmed.

While the American side of the falls had about 60 per cent ice cover, he explained that it was merely a top layer that was actually insulating ...

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Canadian Geographic goes ice fishing


Posted by Aaron Kylie in Travel on Friday, February 20, 2015



Canadian Geographic editor Aaron Kylie with a 73.66-centimetre-long walleye caught through the ice on Lake Winnipeg near Matlock, Man., on Feb. 18, 2015. (Photo: Javier Frutos)
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At first brush, ice fishing near the south shore of Lake Winnipeg in the middle of February during an Environment Canada extreme cold warning may not sound like a high-adrenalin, high-five inducing activity — but it is. When it takes just five minutes to land a big, 63.5-centimetre-long walleye for which the area is famous, your blood gets pumping and you start jonesing for another. Yes, ice fishing is addictive.

My excursion out on the so-called “hardwater” of Lake Winnipeg was the first event ...

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Throwback Thursday: Adventures with rum


Posted by Harry Wilson in History on Thursday, February 19, 2015



Halter's warehouse, Rue de Grand Chain, showing champagne bottles taken from boxes and sewn into sacks. The empties go for firewood. (Photo appears in 'Rum Heaven,' an article from a 1935 issue of Canadian Geographical Journal)

“C.R. Greenaway, you lucky devil.”

Those were the first words I muttered after I finished reading "Rum Heaven," from the November 1935 issue of what was then still called the Canadian Geographical Journal. [Read the article here.] After all, Greenaway’s assignment was one that today would still no doubt appeal to any journalist worth their salt, let alone anyone with a sense of adventure: travel by boat to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, a group of eight small islands off Newfoundland’s south coast ...

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