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Sable Island: Canada’s original North Atlantic shapeshifter

Sable Island is a truly unique microenvironment that’s been shaped and reshaped by changing sea levels, ice sheets, strong winds and waves for at least 10,000 years. It’s well known for its thriving wild horse population and one-of-a-kind wildlife. And now, scientists from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Parks Canada are working together to understand how the wild forces of nature influence this shapeshifter.

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The Future of Sable Island

Southeast of mainland Nova Scotia sits "Sable Island", a small crescent shaped island home to magnificent wild horses and one-of-a-kind wildlife. But with the potential impacts of climate change on sensitive coastal areas, can a small island made entirely of sand survive the forces of nature in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean? On this episode, we talk to scientists with new research examining the future of Sable Island.

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Working the Line: Maintaining the border in Canada’s wilderness (photo gallery)

As a surveyor for the International Boundary Commission, Joe Harrietha “works the line” in locating and maintaining the vast Canada–United States border. The Canadian section of the Commission is part of Natural Resources Canada, and he’s worked in some of the most remote and scenic areas in Canada for more than 25 years. These photos are from some of his expeditions.

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