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Sunday, April 18, 2010


Had our last day of trapping on Friday in the Forested area. We had 4 animals total, 2 recaptures - Bert and Brit, 1 new vole - Bear, and a deer mouse - Mighty. Check out the photo of Mighty - what do you notice different about its eyes and ears? Mice are omnivores and need the larger ears and eyes to locate their food.

After trapping, we took a horse and cart ride at an organic Christmas tree farm. All the trees are grown without any chemicals or pesticides. They have to trim the trees each year to make sure that they have the Christmas tree shape and it takes between 10-15 years to get a tree to be the right size to sell. The farm also raises cows and chickens as well as products to sell at a local market.

Yesterday, we drove into Halifax for a research free day. We got a chance to explore the city and went to the Citadel - a fort that was constructed by the British in the 1700s for protection against the French. We also went to the Maritime museum to learn about the rich boating history of the area. There was an exhibit about the Halifax Explosion. Your challenge is to find out what this was, when it took place and how it happened. Ask Jason and Jodi to help with this as it is related to Social Studies!


At April 19, 2010 at 8:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Halifax explosion occured in 1917, and what happened was that the ships mont blanc and Imo collided, and mont blanc had explosives on board, and it rammed into pier 6, setting it on fire. It then proceeded to explode, setting fire to the town and sinking, killing around 9000 people. -RL

At April 19, 2010 at 8:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A boat carrying explosives and another military related boat colided in the harbor, creating the world's largest accedental explosion.


At April 19, 2010 at 8:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Halifax explosion happened when a French ammunitions ship collided with a Belgian relief vessel. The French ship then rammed into pier 6. The resulting detonation caused damage up to 1.6 K.M. away. That's at the very least a mile.

more than 1900 people killed
9000 injured
1600 buildings destroyed
12,000 houses damaged
6000 homeless; 25,000 people with inadequate housing

At April 19, 2010 at 8:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A detonation of the Mont Blanc, a ship called the Imo collided with the Mont-Blanc causing a huge explosion.
It took place at 8:45 AM to 9:25, 12/6/1917.
It happened because when the two ships collided, several tons of munitions exploded, 400,000 lbs of TNT, 10 tons of Gun Cotton, and 35 tons of benzol.
- It flattened everything within 800 Kilomiters
- 1900 people were killed
- It blocked out the sun and a blizard happened afterwards and it lasted for six days.
-by: Ian Smith

At April 19, 2010 at 9:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Halifix Explosion happened in 1917 when two ships; a French cargo ship loaded to the brim with explosives and a Norwegian ship. This Explosion is known as the world’s biggest man-made accidental explosion! Amazingly the Halifix Explosion even caused a minor tsunami!


At April 24, 2010 at 2:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your journey.


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