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After working 15 weeks total over the past four-and-a-half months, it appears I am finally back in my house for more than just a few days at a time! The feeling of settled-ness is pretty nice, but it won’t be long before I’m itching to get in a car, plane, and/or helicopter and wander the great Canadian wilderness again.

Attn: Summer ’11 – please get here ASAP!

School’s been on now for a week, and while my courseload is relatively light here in my last year, I’ve been expending a lot of energy trying to find a suitable thesis project to cap off my undergraduate career. With the huge help of my advisor, I think I may have finally stumbled across the ideal opportunity: a structural analysis of an historic Archean lode-gold showing. Fingers crossed!

In other news, now that I’m back, I’m hoping to continue to write on all things geological. A brief scan of the interweb highlights my competition with the proliferation of geology blogs, but no matter. Even though the majority are of a much higher quality than mine,  I will continue to feature posts on my interests and experiences. I am less interested in competition than I am in writing about, and enjoying the great field of the Earth sciences!

This blog has taken a backseat in recent weeks because I just recently finished another year of school and am currently out in the field working in gold exploration.

What can I say about northwestern Ontario, apart from the fact that it’s where I’ll be spending the majority of my summer? It’s a beautiful place, but it’s also very desolate and lonely. Every morning our helicopter pilot flies me and my co-worker over miles of boreal forest, hopping from lake to lake in search of the next big find.

It can be a very interesting life, but also a life that makes you question a lot of your priorities. I can only be vague because at this point in the game I’m not sure exactly what I’m trying to say… except maybe that what I’m really looking for is very, very far away?

Yeah, that.

In recent years there has been comment that we suffer not from a dearth of information, but rather from too much of it. As an initial argument it sounds silly, but we’re becoming accustomed to the idea as time goes on and as a result it makes more and more sense.

I write this post as a 26-year-old in in the latter part of a B.Sc (Honours) in Geological Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Four years of study affords me the ability to largely understand research in peer-reviewed journals, yet despite this advantage, the old cliche, “the more you know, the more you realize what you don’t know,” hangs over my head.

Recognizing that I will never know everything, I am content in knowing that I have enough of a background in science to be able to frame hot-button issues (e.g. global warming or evolution) in a way that is contextual and meaningful to me. But what about everyone else – all those private citizens who do not have a background in science yet require this information to make informed personal and political decisions?

With the deluge of information at our fingertips, it’s easy to get lost in the flow. Very easy.

Not everyone has the luxury to spend four years and thousands of dollars in an effort to combat that convolution of 21st Century information-overload. (Nor, as my own situation would suggest, is that a guarantee on understanding everything that comes your way.) But maybe confusion can be somewhat lessened. Maybe complex issues can be deconstructed into something meaningful that forgoes sensationalism and focuses on substance; “Oh my god, we’re all gonna die!” vs. “Possible effects of global warming include: … ”

That’s the intent of this blog. If it achieves no other purpose, it will at least help me understand.

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