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Video of the Week: Volcano walk


Posted by Alvina Siddiqui in Nature on Friday, September 19, 2014



He says even he can’t believe this video is real and he’s in it!

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Diving equipment at the Franklin wreck site


Posted by Siobhan McClelland in Franklin Expedition on Friday, September 19, 2014



(Photo: Tallie Garey)

With the discovery of one of the Franklin ships, divers are currently exploring the wreck site and viewing the vessel that sunk over 160 years ago. But what equipment are divers using? And how will they communicate underwater? Parks Canada underwater archeologist Ryan Harris shared the answers with us.

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Gear Review: Globalstar’s SPOT Gen3 and SPOT Global Phone


Posted by Adam Shoalts in Product reviews on Thursday, September 18, 2014



The SPOT Gen3 from Globestar. (Photo: Courtesy of Globestar)

On my expedition this past August to explore a remote river in Canada’s Arctic, I carried two handy devices manufactured by Globalstar: the SPOT Gen3 and the SPOT Global Phone. Both these gadgets rely on satellite technology to provide adventurers, hikers, and others who stray far from the beaten path a communications lifeline for emergencies or to stay in touch with friends and family.

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Throwback Thursday: 1994 Franklin search


Posted by Siobhan McClelland in Franklin Expedition on Thursday, September 18, 2014



(Photo: David Holland)

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has been involved in many searches for signs of the Franklin Expedition, including this year's successful search where one of the lost ships was found.

Today, we take a look back at the 1994 RCGS Expedition, which set out to look for missing Franklin records detailing the 129-person crew's journey from glorious exploration to stark survival in the Arctic. Read David C. Woodman's 1995 story detailing the tough trek across inhospitable terrain.

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Trailblazing geologist left a lasting legacy


Posted by Harry Wilson in Mapping on Wednesday, September 17, 2014


He was the man behind the Franklin expedition that you probably haven’t heard of but that arguably did as much, if not more, to help open Canada’s Arctic.

Yves Oscar Fortier, who died in Ottawa on Aug. 19, 2014, at the age of 100, was the leader of Operation Franklin, a 28-person Geological Survey of Canada expedition that mapped about 260,000 square kilometres of the Queen Elizabeth Islands during the summer of 1955.


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