Monthly Archives: April 2011

Rogers Pass, British Columbia

This is a site description from the 2010 geoNatHaz field school. Rogers Pass traverses the Selkirk Mountains at 1330 m above sea level, surrounded by summits reaching nearly 3,440 m above sea level. The region receives an average of 10 … Continue reading

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Revelstoke Dam, British Columbia

This is a site description from the 2010 geoNatHaz field school. Revelstoke Dam impounds a reservoir 130 km long to Mica Dam, on the Columbia River. Each of the five generator units has a capacity to generate 460,750 kW, while … Continue reading

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Geotourism

Every traveler has particular things they try to see each stop — my mother visits art galleries, a former roommate checks out sites of political revolts, and I seek out geohazards and local yarn shops. Finding yarn is easy with … Continue reading

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Inevitability of the Improbable

Discussion at the Mapping Unstable Ground workshop constantly came back to accurately identifying and communicating risk, and the difficulty of making practical policy decisions about risk mitigation. This tied in with thoughts inspired by In Terra Veritas pointing me at … Continue reading

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Geology is a Murder Mystery

Research is all about investigating mysteries, trying to understand the What, When, Where, and How of the universe (not the Why — motivation is a question for philosophy). My very first research project was observing and writing an orbital determination … Continue reading

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Workshop: Mapping Unstable Ground

I spent Friday at the Mapping Unstable Ground workshop, an experiment in getting local professionals in one place talking about the landslide hazard of British Columbia. The day was split into a series of talks with plenty of unstructured time … Continue reading

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CKNW: The World Today Weekend with Sean Leslie

If you’re looking for more information from the interview on The World Today Weekend with Sean Leslie, you may want to read the press release from the International Pacific Research Center about tsunami debris distribution over time (Hawaii within 2 … Continue reading

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References: Earthquakes & Tsunami: Current Events & Local Hazards

This is a summary of my recent talk, with links to sources and more information. Geoscience Background Plate Tectonics The surface of the Earth is composed of tectonic plates. They move relative to each other at about the same rate … Continue reading

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