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Visiting CERN; A Geologist’s attempt at particle physics and the Higgs Boson [Switzerland]

Intro: Alright, time to blog out of my comfort zone and go a little extra nerdy. Coming straight from the Spectacular Swiss Alps, my sister and I decided to make it a mission to go to Geneva whilst in Switzerland and visit CERN. CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research and home of the
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How the Alps assembled; Mountain building 101 [Switzerland]

Intro: A night train away from Slovenia and we were in Switzerland. We stopped briefly in Zurich (the largest city in Switzerland, located at the edge of Zurich Lake) which allowed me to visit the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), regarded as one of the top universities in the world with over 21 Nobel Prize
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Caves, castles, and cousins in Slovenia

Intro: Alright, where to next? I just mentioned how our last destination, Croatia, was a lesser known country to most North Americans, well the next one we went to is likely one of the least touristic countries in all Europe, Slovenia. Family ties brought my sister and I here as my mother was born and raised
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Space rocks; Difference between asteroids vs meteoroids and hazards/effects

Intro: So this is little different than my science-travel posts, but with the recent near-earth approach of Asteroid 2012 DA14 on Feb 15th 2013, and on the same day (but unrelated) a bus-sized meteor crashed into Russia’s Ural mountains, there has been a spotlight on extraterrestrial threats to earth. Thus, this post is going to be all about
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From Canada to Croatia; Geology behind the white pebbles and Game of Thrones link

Intro: Well, I decided to do a little travelling – very last minute and quite unplanned. Prior to this, I have yet to leave North America; and by that I really mean Canada with a trip to California/Hawaii once or twice. Thus going to Europe for September was defiantly going to be, if anything, the longest
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The formation of rises in Rio de Janeiro [Brazil]

Intro: Not too many cities in the world hold an allure quite like Rio de Janerio. Resting on the southern edge of Brazil, this metropolis was our final destination in Brazil, and well worth the wait. With a short flight from Salvador we arrived in this future 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics host
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Giant sea turtles of Brazil’s Bahia

Intro: With The Amazon and Iguazu Falls done, it was time to fly east to the coast and visit the Bahia state, home to impressive coastlines and rich culture. Staying in the historic Pelourinho in Salvador allowed us to experience some tradition musical performances and celebrations which seem to lighten up this square night after
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Where the Amazon River comes from and rain forest trees! [Brazil]

Intro: Do you ever hear, read, watch, learn, etc. about a place that invokes such a vivid, iconic image that no matter what else is happening and you get the chance, you want to go there? Well, that was what I was like when I heard about going to the Amazon. I still have a clay
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Volcanic rocks and erosion, the (geo)history of Iguazu Falls [Brazil]

Intro: Well, here goes a very last minute decision, to travel to Brazil. With <2 weeks to go I decided to join up with my sister (who is a video blogger and recorded out trip, you can check it out at http://www.heynadine.com) and her two friends (for the 1st part) and go travel for 3 weeks in Brazil. Now,
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