Page 20 [ FALL/WINTER 2017 ] The Source APGO Education Foundation’s GeoscienceINFO.com website releases first video APGO Education Foundation is excited to announce the release of its first video for GeoscienceINFO.com called “Where Does My Water Come From?” Thank you to Kristin Hanson, P.Geo., Deana Schwarz, Ph.D., and Steve Usher, P.Geo. for their valuable contributions and APGO’s Marketing and Communications Specialist, Bernard Kradjian, for the video’s production. WATCH IT HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Acc OyVbzxEw&feature=youtu.be GeoscienceINFO Now Offers Virtual Field Trips of Ontario Welcome to GeoscienceINFO Virtual Field Trips! These field trips will take you to worlds you never knew existed throughout Ontario, Canada; primordial seas, explosive volcanoes, giant meteors, ancient marine creatures, and more! Choose your trip and discover. Do you have a field trip that you’d like to submit? Visit the website to download the Submission Form. https://geoscienceinfo.com/virtual-field-trips.html INDUSTRY NEWS APGO Education Foundation Provides Grant for Permanent Augmented Reality Sandbox Display at Miller Museum of Geology, Queen’s University The APGO Education Foundation (“the Foundation”) is pleased to announce a grant of $5,300 to the Miller Museum of Geology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario for installation of a Permanent Augmented Reality Sandbox Display (“AR Sandbox”). The AR Sandbox was created by a research team at UC Davis in California in 2012 as an offshoot of a project to develop activities and resources to teach people about lake and watershed science. They created an amazing interface between cutting-edge 3D visualization technology and everyone’s favourite playtime activity, the age-old but much-loved sandbox. A video of how the AR Sandbox works is available at: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=BZF3-mQCyHA In a nutshell, a 3D sensor maps the topography of the sand in the sandbox, a computer builds a digital elevation model of the surface, and a projector then overlays computed contour lines and colours on the sand surface based on the elevation at each point. Much to the amazement and delight of users of all ages, this all happens in real time. As people dig in the sand to create valleys, or pile the sand up into hills, the map surface is continually updated to show how the sand topography has been changed. The software allows the user to virtually “make it rain” on the landscape they have built in the sandbox. This rain water then flows down the steepest gradients and pools in the lowest areas of the model to form lakes. Dr. Bill Pearson, P.Geo., FGC, Chair commented: “The AR Sandbox is a remarkable teaching tool. The Miller Museum previously has used a portable version with great success. A permanent installation will make this exciting technology more readily available to the public. We are delighted to support this innovative project. This tool shows in real time to users how topography controls watersheds, surface water and runoff, demonstrating some of the basics of geomorphology and environmental geoscience.” Minister’s Annual Report on Drinking Water 2017: Excerpts (Published: November 21, 2017) Protecting groundwater Full Document: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministers-annual-report-drinking-water-2017 As impacts from climate change and population growth become more prevalent, Ontario is protecting water and building a better understanding of the science to further that protection. As part of the province’s plan to strengthen groundwater protection for future generations, Ontario: