Hint: it’s the largest earthquake that ever hit eastern North America. So why the interest? It’s quite simple. By collecting and dating samples of wood and organic material buried in the debris of ground movements, the researchers can determine whether there have been other major quakes and thus measure the threat of earthquakes in the area.
Scientists at Natural Resources Canada tell us to expect an increase in forest fire frequency as a result of climate change. That’s why – in a country as vast as Canada, that’s home to nine per cent of the world's forests – research into preventing forest fires and mitigating their negative consequences is so important.