BY KIMBERLY FERGUSON
University of Alberta
Hello again from U of A geosciences. As spring arrives there
are lots of exciting activities, both just finishing and
Hawaii Igneous Petrology Trip
The Hawaii Igneous Petrology Trip ran from Feb. 14 to Feb.
23 on the Big Island of Hawaii and was a great success.
The trip was attended by 19 students and one professor
(who acted as the geological tour guide).
The students saw everything from lava tubes to vast fields
of volcanic basalts to rain forests. There was unfortunately
no flowing lava to see, but the whole line-up more than made
up for that.
The tour took participants all over the island and allowed
the group to experience field work in a completely different
setting from their typical field schools in the Canadian
Rocky Mountains. Although the students did take time out
for fun (snorkeling, kayaking and visiting the beach), this
was an educational experience and well worth the trip.
Earth Ring Ceremony
The geosciences had their Earth Ring Ceremony, March 13,
for students graduating in geology and geophysics. The ceremony
was attended by about 30 geoscience graduates and about 500
The Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Graduation Banquet was
held April 3, as The PEGG hit the streets. The event took
place at the Delta South, with department and student speakers,
and, of course, an after-grad party. More on the event
With the end of the semester approaching, it’s time
for us to pay attention to departure times for the field
schools. Both geology and geophysics have field schools required
or applicable to their degrees.
The schools take place throughout Alberta and British Columbia,
and allow students hands-on experience with field work, data
collection and interpretation. The students are already starting
preparations by procuring field gear (orders are being taken
for required field gear for the geology field schools through
the PS Warren Geological Society).
P.S. Warren Geological Society sold tickets for the March 24 Oilers hockey game against Dallas. Edmonton lost in overtime,
but kept the team’s playoff hopes alive.
The Geoscience teams are having a fun – but busy – month.
Men’s Ice Hockey
The guys have two regular season games left and then, we
hope, the playoffs!
Men’s Ball Hockey
This sport was begun and finished in under a month, but the
guys put in a great effort and had fun.
Having won all of their games this far, players look ahead
to playoffs. Good luck!
Women’s Ball Hockey
The ladies’ team finished ball hockey season as well,
but has had fun with the sport and looks forward to playing
again next year.
The ATLAS Series talks continue into April. They are held
on Friday’s every week at 12 noon in Henry Marshall
Tory Building, Room 3-36. The series features graduate
students in geology and geosciences, and the occasional
professor, who give presentations on their areas of study.