In the Trees

I have a bit of an obsession with trees. I can recite the names of the trees we’ve replanted on our property like a rosary: pine, cedar, hemlock, spruce, fir, oak, maple, ash, apple, cherry, dogwood… I’ve written a 5000-word essay about trees and forests that I can’t seem to place anywhere, and am writing an essay about our relationship with individual trees for Aeon/Psyche as we speak. I just reviewed Dr. Suzanne Simard’s new…

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Why It’s Important to Report Workplace Hazards

Safety management has evolved over the past few decades, but safety professionals still struggle to get the point across to the workforce that it is important to report hazards, unsafe acts and conditions. There are significant advantages to reporting and ways to help improve it in your workplace. Read on to learn more.

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Canadian Mountain Podcast: Mountain research through Indigenous and Western knowledge systems

How do we gain knowledge about mountain systems? Historically, our understanding of mountains has predominantly been studied using Western scientific methods of research. However, Indigenous knowledge and ways of thinking have often been underappreciated, and in some cases, even excluded from mountain research, which leaves an important part of mountain heritage and knowledge unlearned. This is beginning to shift as more scientists and researchers working in mountains embrace and engage with traditional forms of knowledge…

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How "Eco-Friendly" is the Suez Canal?

In the past month, the 1300 feet long Ever Given got stuck in the Suez Canal for six days. This event caused a huge setback in shipments and international exports, but how did it affect the environment? More generally, is the Suez Canal “eco-friendly”? After reading some articles about the environmental impact of the Suez Canal, I came across mixed opinions and captivating information which had to be shared. The building of the Suez Canal began…

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Survival of the fittest or overcrowding?

If you’ve been involved in drilling boreholes in your career, you’ll be familiar with desurvey. Desurvey is the process of converting a directional well survey — which provides measured depth, inclination and azimuth points from the borehole — into a position log. The position log is an arbitrarily finely sampled set of (x, y, z) points along the wellbore. We need this to convert from measured depth (distance along the borehole path) to depth in the earth, which…

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