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Issue: 2019-04-17, PHOTO: Hugh Copland

Concretions are not shaped by running water or fabricated by humans, nor are they dinosaur eggs. They are fascinating geological formations that come in the most interesting shapes. Concretions are time capsules holding clues into the past... Read more

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Issue: 2019-03-20, PHOTO: Hugh Copland

Within Whitehorse city limits, you can see Grey Mountain from almost anywhere. It is one of the first landmarks tourists see flying into the city. Eight thousand kilometres away, the residents around Salzburg, Austria, can look up from their... Read more

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Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Hugh Copland

As the story goes, the early gold rush stampeders found all the creeks staked when they arrived. The Sourdoughs already there jokingly told the newcomers to go to the top of the hills to find gold. One of those hills became known as Cheechako Hill... Read more

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Issue: 2018-10-31, PHOTO: Hugh Copland

On July 8, 1992, the Whitehorse Star reported a find near Frances Lake of what was stated to be a world-record-sized piece of jade at 577 tonnes. It was speculated to be worth $5.8 billion. There is no consensus on what is the largest piece of... Read more

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Issue: 2018-10-10, PHOTO: Hugh Copland

The widespread use of coal was one of the major factors in fueling the Industrial Revolution of the late 1700s and early 1800s. In recent decades, however, coal has received a bad reputation as a major source of acid rain and carbon dioxide in the... Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2018-08-01, PHOTO: Hugh Copland

The recent eruption of the Kilauea volcano, on the island of Hawaii, has consumed property and displaced people. The eruption at the Fuego volcano, in Guatemala, has killed dozens of people. Past volcanic eruptions in Alaska have resulted in... Read more

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Issue: 2018-07-18, PHOTO: Steve Israel, Yukon Geological Survey

On Monday May 1, 2017, at around 5:30 a.m., a magnitude 6.2 earthquake landed near the B.C.–Yukon border, followed by another slightly stronger one at around 7:30 a.m. The rare event got a lot more people talking about seismic activity in the... Read more

Yukon Education

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Issue: 2018-06-13, PHOTO: Hugh Copland

There was a not-so-urban myth out there that you could see the Tintina Trench from the moon. That is not true, unless the person on the moon had a good telescope. You can see the Tintina Trench from space, though, from the International Space... Read more

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Issue: 2018-05-02, PHOTO: Hugh Copland

Quartz is everywhere; it is the second most common mineral making up the Earth’s crust, just behind feldspar. Quartz is composed of the two elements silicon and oxygen. It has many different forms.Single quartz crystals can be over two metres long... Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2018-04-18, PHOTO: courtesy of the Yukon College

The white-capped Mackenzie Mountains, which spill over the border between Yukon and the Northwest Territories, are surprisingly active… for a pile of rock. Each year, the mountains are growing a few millimetres taller. It may not sound like much... Read more

Yukon Education

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Issue: 2018-04-18, PHOTO: John Alderson - Bicycle Ride Productions

The Yukon Chamber of Mines has prioritized outreach and community engagement as part of their programming. Heading into its 10th year, the annual Mining and Exploration Camp, which is held during Yukon Mining Week each spring, is one of two major... Read more

Family and Health

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Issue: 2018-03-28, PHOTO: Hugh Copland

Rock, not the genre of music, that guy on the radio or your friend from Newfoundland referring to “The Rock” as home, but rocks and the minerals they are made of, are integral to our existence. We interact with them in many ways every day... Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: www.archbould.com, courtesy of Yukon Women in Mining (YukonWIM)

Yukon Women in Mining wants to raise the profile of mining as a vibrant career option, especially for Yukon women and youth. To do that in May they launched the Experiential Extravaganza in three Yukon communities. Read more

Yukon Careers

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Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

I’m not a miner, but on a recent visit to Germany my friends took me on impromptu mining tours of their regions. First Clemens and I drove 100 kilometres west of Leipzig to Wangen and the Arc of Nebra (Arche Nebra) museum, where the Himmelsscheibe... Read more

Travel Outside

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Linda Ohama

At 2:46 p.m. on a Friday afternoon in 2011, the fourth most powerful earthquake in recorded history hit the Tohoku region of Japan, causing mass devastation, the loss of thousands of lives, and the eventual meltdown of three reactors at the... Read more

Photography - Film

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Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Although Iceland has been getting a lot of press lately as a hot – metaphorically and geologically speaking – tourist destination, it hardly seems a likely go-to spot for an agricultural experience. That however is exactly what landed me in the... Read more

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: by Meagan Deuling

When I first heard Bob Hayes had written a novel set 14,000 years ago that fictionally chronicles the arrival of the first humans to inhabit what is now known as the Yukon Territory, I knew immediately it would be physically accurate like a Louis... Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2016-11-16, PHOTO: courtesy of Bill Mann

Local geologist Bill Mann remembers when the Yukon Geoscience Forum was a couple of days of technical talks. Now it’s the premier post-season industry event in the territory, and everyone is invited to take part at the High Country Inn from... Read more

Yukon Business

As a Conservation Officer in Ontario in the late 1950s through the 1960s, I patrolled the St. Lawrence River to the Quebec border. I came upon a very strange group of people between five and 90 years old. They were in search of a specific species... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2016-08-18, PHOTO: Willow Gamberg

The final week of Icelandic adventuring saw us completing the Ring Road, which encircles the whole country and has tourist spots dotted along the way. We followed it east and gradually north through glacier-domed mountains, bucolic sheep folds,... Read more

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