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Starting graduate school and research overseas; Introducing Tasmania

Intro: After graduating from university with a Bachelor of Science, and working in mineral exploration for a couple years, I decided to go back to school again and aspire toward a Masters of Science. I really do love the school/university environment and have always wanted to broaden my education and take on a research based project
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Galapagos Islands – Swimming among and saving sharks with Cousteau, plus pyroclastic Kicker Rock

Intro: Continuing on with my the promise from my last post about the magnificence land/islands of the Galapagos, this post is all about the sea… well, mostly (who am I kidding, I have to add in some geology). But alas, the sea; “once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” as
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The Galapagos Islands – The volcanic creation of these evolving, hostile, and uniquely inhabited islands

Intro: The Galapagos. Known as the enchanted islands, this is a place that any science-lover would dream of. I always wanted to go, but never thought I would (well, at least not anytime soon), when suddenly a last-minute opportunity to join up with my sister on a Contiki tour suddenly allowed this far-fetched fantastic to
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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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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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