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Canadian Shield rock near Sturgeon Chutes on the Wanapitei River, French River

Comprising over half the area of present-day Canada, the eight million square kilometres of pre-Cambrian “shield” is the exposed portion of the ancient geological core of North America, highlighting how ancient and continuing physical processes underpinned the development of a nation. (Photo: Debbie Oppermann/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Debbie Oppermann/Can Geo Photo Club
To fully understand our national identity, we must consider Canada’s geology as well as its geography 
Cover vote, July/August issue, bison, grasslands

Photo: Michelle Valberg

Photo: Michelle Valberg
The voters have spoken! (And we agree.)
The lizard-inspired Canadian innovation that pulls drinking water out of thin air

A rendering of AWN Nanotech’s atmospheric water generator (left), which harnesses a water-condensing material that biomimics the abilities of species such as thorny devil lizards (right). (Photos: AWN Nanotech; Bäras/Wikimedia Commons)

Photos: (left) AWN Nanotech; (right) Bäras/Wikimedia Commons
And it was inspired by a lizard
Three long-finned pilot whales swim in a cerulean blue sea

A trio of long-finned pilot whales is seen swimming off the coast of Nova Scotia in this drone photo taken by a researcher studying decision-making in whales. (Photo: Elizabeth Zwamborn/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Elizabeth Zwamborn/Can Geo Photo Club
Oil and gas extraction, mining, dumping among prohibited activities in ecologically sensitive areas set aside for conservation
a collage of wildlife photos including bison, grizzly bears, polar bears, foxes, owls and whales

Some of the best wildlife images from the new Ultimate Canadian Instagram Photos special issue, on newsstands now. (Clockwise from top left: @shane_turgeon, @daisygilardini, @divebuddies4life, @nicole_handspiker, @benaroundandback, @andreaudet, @mirelaofearth, @javiers_wonderplanet, @jkr_photo, @focused_on_canada)

Clockwise from top left: @shane_turgeon, @daisygilardini, @divebuddies4life, @nicole_handspiker, @benaroundandback, @andreaudet, @mirelaofearth, @javiers_wonderplanet, @jkr_photo, @focused_on_canada
Grizzlies, puffins, whales and more from the new Ultimate Canadian Instagram Photos special issue, on newsstands now
Coniferous trees lean at different angles in the snow

Thawing permafrost causes trees to lean, a phenomenon called a "drunken forest." (Photo: Mady Macdonald/Dreamstime.com)

Photo: Mady Macdonald/Dreamstime.com
Permafrost thaw is widespread, accelerating and irreversible. With it comes visible effects on the ecology, hydrology and landscapes, and communities of the North.
A person in a beekeeping suit takes a honey sample from a hive box in an urban garden

An apiarist from Hives for Humanity takes a honey sample from an urban hive in Vancouver. Researchers from the University of British Columbia analyzed honey samples from all over the city for the presence of trace pollutants such as lead. (Photo: M. Amini)

Photo: M. Amini
A study of honey from urban hives reveals much about Vancouver’s pollutants, past and present 
George Jacob awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Kamookak Medal, San Francisco, Aquarium of the Bay, climate change, ocean conservation

George Jacob, President and CEO of San Francisco’s Bay Ecotarium, has been awarded the Louie Kamookak Medal of the RCGS. (Left: Bay Ecotarium; right: RCGS)

Photos: (left) RCGS; (right) Bay Ecotarium
Museum expert recognized for transformative work in cultural institutions and leadership on the ambitious Bay Ecotarium project in San Francisco
Floe edge polar bear, Nunavut

A polar bear on the sea ice close to the floe edge at Button Point, on the southeast corner of Bylot Island, Nunavut. (Photo: Françoise Gervais/Arctic Kingdom)

Photo: Françoise Gervais/Arctic Kingdom
Welcome to the sinaaq, or floe edge, where landfast ice meets open Arctic Ocean and species thrive
Nettilling Lake, Baffin Island, Nunavut

Nettilling Lake on the south end of Baffin Island in Nunavut is the largest freshwater ecosystem in the Canadian Arctic archipelago. (Photo: Reinhard Pienitz/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Reinhard Pienitz/Can Geo Photo Club
How much do you know about Canada’s water — where it comes from and how it’s used?
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