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2010-06-05 06:48:42

McGill microbiologist looks at Martian-like environment on Earth and finds evidence of bacteria Researchers at McGill's department of natural resources, the National Research Council of Canada, the University of Toronto and the SETI Institute have discovered that methane-eating bacteria survive in a highly unique spring located on Axel Heiberg Island in Canada's extreme North. Dr. Lyle Whyte, McGill University microbiologist explains that the Lost Hammer spring supports microbial life, that...

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2008-09-03 12:40:00

Scientists said on Tuesday the ice shelves in Canada's High Arctic have lost a colossal area measuring 19 square miles after it broke away last month. The remaining shelves attached to Ellesmere Island, which have lasted for thousands of years, have seen almost a quarter of their cover break away. The Markham Ice Shelf, one of just five remaining ice shelves in the Canadian Arctic, split away from Ellesmere Island in early August.  Scientists also reported that two large chunks totaling...

2008-08-01 15:00:28

A melting glacier and flash flooding fears at a Canadian park on Baffin Island forced officials to evacuate tourists and declare much of the area off-limits. The Auyuittuq National Park on the island's northeast coast recently witnessed record-breaking warmth and substantial amounts of rain, Parks Canada spokeswoman Pauline Scott told Canwest News Service. This summer's events are beyond anything we're used to, Scott said from Iqualuit, Nunavut. This is no doubt a result of climate...

2008-06-21 21:00:08

By THE CANADIAN PRESS Pangnirtung, Nunavut - Officials in a remote Arctic community say their situation is now relatively stable after a flash flood looked as though it may wash the community away from underground. The administrator for the town of Pangnirtung (PANG-nir-tongue), Nunavut, says water a nearby river is no longer eroding away at the ground under homes near the town's edge. Two days of rain and a quick spring melt caused a deluge of water to come roaring down the Duvall...