Month: December 2012


Frogs out front: Bullfrog Power features a profile of Susan R. Eaton

Published decades before the famous expeditions of Scott and Shackleton, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” describes Antarctica as a desolate landscape filled with endless ice that “cracked and growled, and roared and howled.”

Today, the mysterious continent continues to draw international scientists and explorers who study and chart its landscape. Susan R. Eaton, a Bullfrog Power customer, is one such explorer.

As Susan puts it, “Everything came together for me in Antarctica: my scientific background, my passion for the environment, my extreme snorkeling skills, and the chance to tell the stories of Antarctica.” Antarctica once stood as the dividing line between the known world and the globe’s unexplored regions; today it represents a perfect outdoor laboratory to study climate change.

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Fourteen-year old Justine Wild fundraising for the Students On Ice 2012 Expedition, January 2012. 
Photo courtesy of Justine Wild.

Transformational Impact: One Good Expedition Story Led to Another

In January 2012, Justine Wild, age 14, embarked upon an expedition-of-a-lifetime.
Justine, a petite and resourceful Grade Nine student from Kamloops, British Columbia, joined 60 other teenagers from around the world, crossing the perilous waters of the Drake Passage to the Western Antarctic Peninsula.

My outreach and educational activities (funded, in large part, by the AAPG Foundation) played a role in Justine’s decision to travel to the Bottom of the World. During the past 20 months, I’ve encouraged Justine and others to follow their dreams, and I’ve provided them with an Antarctic road map to make it happen.

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Scientists Will Explore a Frozen Classroom: Susan R. Eaton Returns to Antarctica

Sponsored by CMAGS, Susan R. Eaton, a Calgary-based geophysicist, geologist, science journalist and Antarctic Explorer-in-the-Making, will travel to the Bottom of the World from December 29, 2012 to January 21, 2013, participating in the Scotia Arc Tectonics, Climate and Life Expedition. Bitten by the polar bug, this is Susan’s third Antarctic expedition since 2010.
Led by the Jackson School of Geosciences (University of Texas at Austin), this international expedition involves world-renowned instructors — geologists, geophysicists and biologists — who will focus on the interplay of geology, geophysics, glaciology, plate tectonics, climate change and life.

The Scotia Arc is a tectonically active area comprised of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Western Antarctic Peninsula. The Scotia Sea and Scotia Arc evolved during the past 40 million years, via an eastward-migrating subduction zone situated at the boundary between the South American and Antarctic plates.
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100 Years of Alberta Labour

The Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2012. The AFL’s first century of fighting for the rights of working people provides a good perspective from which to look back at the contributions of working men and women to the history of Alberta.
Often neglected in histories of the province, it was the unsung toil and overlooked skills of Alberta men, women and children who built the mines, mills, cities and factories, dug the coal, harvested the wheat, and maintained the homes, thus creating the rich social and physical environment we enjoy today.
Until the end of March, 2013 the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre is hosting a travelling exhibit of photos and stories of Alberta’s working people. We invite you to come, learn, and marvel at the achievements of this province’s workers.