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Asteroid miner 3D-prints spacecraft prototype with alien metal
Friday, January 08, 2016
Planetary Resources, one of the companies aiming to mine asteroids and harvest valuable raw materials from space, has taken its ambitious a step further by 3D-printing an object using metal powder gleaned from a space rock. read more »
Hexagon Mining delivers affordable exploration
Thursday, January 07, 2016
Hexagon Mining has released the new License to Explore package, a software suite enabling high-quality mineral resources data for mining operations. License to Explore recognises the need to optimise drilling campaigns while respecting tight budgets. read more »
Scientists have used groundbreaking technology to figure out how the Earth looked a billion years ago
Thursday, December 31, 2015
By the time Dietmar Mueller arrived at the University of Texas as a graduate student in the mid-1980s, scientists had already long embraced a once-astonishing idea: that the continents on which all human history has unfolded, rather than fixtures of constancy, were orphans of a former grand supercontinent called Pangaea. read more »
Company claims prize for second-largest diamond recovery
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Lucara Diamond (TSE:LUC) said it recovered a 1,111 carat gem-quality diamond from its Karowe Mine in Botswana. The stone, which Lucara claims is the world's second largest gem quality diamond ever recovered, measures 65mm x 56mm x 40mm in size. read more »
US Congress grants citizens rights to own asteroid-mined riches
Thursday, November 12, 2015
After months of deliberation, the U.S. Congress has unanimously passed a legislation that establishes legal rights for citizens to own resources in outer space, which would ease asteroid mining companies plans. read more »
Hexagon Mining launches MineSight QAQC
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Hexagon Mining has launched MineSight QAQC, a flexible, easy-to-use product to validate and determine the precision and accuracy of field samples. Field samples are arguably the most important part of the evaluation and design of a mine as incorrect assay information means flawed mine plans and the potential for huge financial loss. read more »
CSIRO collaboration to launch drilling analysis technology to slash exploration costs
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Technology spearheaded by the CSIRO that will slash the costs of exploration for new mines will soon hit the market. Called 'Lab-At-Rig' technology, it's literally that: a mini laboratory that analyses the mineral composition of drilling core-samples as soon as soon as they are collected at the drilling rig. read more »
NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars
Monday, September 28, 2015
New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars. read more »
Sudbury, African universities forge mining education agreement
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., the University of Limpopo in South Africa, and Laurentian University in Sudbury signed an agreement launching an educational collaboration between the two universities. read more »
Small, ancient diamonds reveal seawater key for precious gems formation
Friday, August 21, 2015
An international team of researchers has revealed that seawater may have played an important role in formation of diamonds hundreds of kilometres underground. read more »
Deep sea mining: a potential source of renewable resources?
Friday, August 14, 2015
Deep Sea Mining is a controversial, yet quite essential, new frontier of the mining industry: however, if it were to be regulated effectively, could it source "Renewable Resources?" read more »
Rio Tinto offers exploration technology to junior miners
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Rio Tinto has announced that laser mineral analysis technology developed by geoscientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ore Deposit Science (CODES) over the last decade will be offered to junior explorers for free. read more »
Final permit for new $750m BC gold mine
Friday, July 31, 2015
Shares in Pretium Resources Inc (TSE:PVG) enjoyed a nice bump on Friday after the company received final provincial and federal approval for its Brucejack mine in northwest British Columbia. read more »
Deep-sea mining looms on horizon as UN body issues contracts
Friday, July 24, 2015
The deep oceans span more than half the globe and their frigid depths have long been known to contain vast, untapped deposits of prized minerals. These treasures of the abyss, however, have always been out of reach to miners. read more »
Planetary Resources' first spacecraft begins testing asteroid prospecting technology
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources successfully deployed Thursday its first spacecraft from the International Space Station’s (ISS) Kibo airlock, beginning a 90-day mission aimed to test extraterrestrial prospecting technology. read more »
Scientists, environmentalists call for freeze in deep sea mining permits
Friday, July 10, 2015
A group of scientists is asking international authorities to temporarily halt the approval of new underwater mining contracts until further environmental controls are put in place. read more »
Exploration's big problem explained in one chart
Monday, July 06, 2015
The exploration industry is in crisis, according to a study by the Boston Consulting Group released last week. There are fewer major discoveries, despite a huge ramp up in spending just a few years ago before metal prices collapsed. read more »
New drill research collaboration aims to unlock mineral resources in South Australia
Thursday, June 25, 2015
n a world-first collaboration of mineral explorers, drillers, government and research institutes, the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC), the Geological Survey of South Australia (GSSA), mineral explorers Minotaur Exploration and Kingston Resources and drilling company Boart Longyear have signed agreements to collaborate on a mineral systems drilling programme (MSDP). read more »
TIMELINE: Birth and development of the diamond mining industry
Friday, June 12, 2015
While the term "diamond" comes from the Greek word "Adamas", meaning "unconquerable", the earliest gems were found in India, in 4th century BC. From then until now, the industry has growth exponentially and Design by Sevan has developed this great timeline with the main highlights read more »
Seafloor copper extraction better than traditional mining — report
Monday, June 01, 2015
A fresh study commissioned by Canadian seafloor miner Nautilus Minerals (TSX:NUS) shows than extracting copper from the seabed causes less disruptions to the environment and local communities than traditional mining, the company said. read more »
US Congress passes bill on space mining
Friday, May 22, 2015
The U.S. Congress has taken a step forward towards defining out-of-Earth’s property rights by passing this week a commercial space bill that would help asteroid miners delimit the scope of their businesses. read more »
Peruvian discovery may hold ‘hidden pool’ of rare earths
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
U.S.-based rare earth explorer RioSol and its Peruvian mining arm Compañía Minera Rio Sol said Tuesday studies carried out at its recently unveiled rare earth element and poly-metallic claim discovery in Peru have confirmed the site potentially holds a “hidden pool” of the coveted elements. read more »
Space mining needs regulation, geologist says
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Prospecting on the moon or on asteroids is probably a couple of decades away, a NASA scientist told a symposium on planetary and terrestrial mining read more »
This plant may be the best diamond-finding tool you’ll ever have
Monday, May 04, 2015
While money doesn’t grow on trees, diamonds might do. Literally. That seems to be the conclusion of a study conducted in Liberia by a scientist at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, to be published in the June-July issue of the journal Economic Geology. read more »
New highly sensitive method for detecting gold at drill sites
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Researchers at the University of Adelaide's Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing have developed a portable method for detecting trace amounts of gold in ore samples – on-site at the drilling rig. read more »
Inner Core of Earth Has Its Own Inner Core, Geologists Say
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
An international team of geologists, headed by Prof Xiaodong Song from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Nanjing University in China, has found that the Earth’s inner core has an inner core of its own, which has surprising properties that could reveal new information about our planet. read more »
A Gorgeous Geology App That Explores New UX Territory
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
What’s the best way to teach a kid about the forces that shape the Earth? You could let her read about the subject, or give her some diagrams to look at. Or you could just let her have a go at doing the shaping herself. read more »
Sky’s the limit
Monday, February 02, 2015
The market for drones in the mining industry is relatively small today. Few mine operators own or use them. But the potential for this nascent technology in surveying and planning is enormous, and drone manufacturers are confident that demand will soon explode for their cost-effective eyes in the sky. read more »
From the West: Innovation helps mineral exploration
Friday, January 16, 2015
The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia’s (AME BC) members in the B.C. mineral exploration community are leaders in project discovery, capitalization and development. read more »
Lithium: The Key Ingredient Powering Today’s Technology
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Lithium is nature’s lightest metal, but it is also one of the most chemically reactive, which makes it a key ingredient in powering and building the latest technology. read more »
Yukon prospectors aim to take new technology to the world
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
A group of Yukon prospectors is aiming to do more than just survive the downturn in the mining industry. The prospectors want to make the territory a centre for mineral exploration excellence. read more »
Mining the Antarctic a big no-no
Monday, November 03, 2014
Mining in the Antarctic is not likely to happen any time soon, as scientists believe the treaty that bans exploration and exploitation of the region’s resources may be revised in the next century. read more »
Vulcan guides exploration best practice
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Exploration best practices should aim to reduce the resource risk prior to significant capital investment. For the geothermal energy industry, the high cost of proving the resource is a key challenge. Understanding subsurface geological structures is critical for planning drilling programs and developing a new geothermal area. read more »
INFOGRAPHIC: Looking at meteor impact craters from around the world
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Infographic showing the types of meteorites and scaling meteors by the amount of damage they could potentially cause. read more »
High expectations for the mother of all lodes in Afghanistan
Monday, August 18, 2014
Science has a new piece out on Afghanistan’s mining potential. According to the article, the US Department of Defence has the country’s mineral wealth tapped at $908 billion. read more »
First shale core samples drilled by South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Drilling began last week at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology for the first shale samples to be analysed in a range of advanced laboratory tests that could ultimately lead to enhanced energy production, carbon dioxide sequestration, underground hydrocarbon storage and waste disposal. read more »
Newly-discovered mineral is 'completely unique and unrelated to anything'
Monday, April 28, 2014
A researcher has discovered a mineral from Western Australia that is unique and doesn't appear to be related to any other mineral family. read more »
Scientists find 'easy' way to extract rare earths from seafloor
Monday, April 21, 2014
While economists and geologists worry the world's supply of rare earth metals will soon be outpaced by demand, a team of German geochemists has found a way to easily extract them from the vast deposits lying under the sea. read more »
Exploration of scarce minerals top priority of Geological Survey of India's mission II
Monday, April 14, 2014
India imports a number of minerals like phosphates, tungsten, potash, gold and platinum every year. Keeping the ever increasing demand in mind, the national mission II on natural resource management (NRM) of Geological Survey of India (GSI) will now take up exploration of these minerals on domestic front as one of the priority area besides looking for rare earth elements (REE). read more »
Deep Earth has oceans' worth of water, $10 diamond reveals
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
A dirty, $10 diamond with a prize inside has helped reveal that there are vast quantities of water stored deep inside the Earth. The diamond formed in the "transition zone" around 410 to 660 kilometres below our planet's surface. read more »
CIA Cover Story Gives Birth to Deep Ocean Mining
Monday, March 10, 2014
The entire ocean mining industry that promises investors untold riches had its birth in a CIA covert operation at the height of the Cold War. read more »
New study reveals insights on plate tectonics, the forces behind earthquakes, volcanoes
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Researchers led by Caroline Beghein, assistant professor of earth, planetary and space sciences in UCLA's College of Letters and Science, used a technique called seismic tomography to study the structure of the Pacific Plate read more »
Taiwan, Japan to cooperate on geology preservation
Friday, February 14, 2014
To enhance understanding of each other's natural resources and raise public awareness of environmental protection, the Yehliu Geopark on Taiwan's northern coast will sign a partnership agreement Saturday with Japan's Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park. read more »
Research details precise chronology of geological events prior to the great extinction 66 million years ago
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Geologist are constantly aiming at obtaining more precise and detailed data, such as how long a mountain range takes to form; how fast tectonic plates have moved during the history of the Earth; how and why the Earth’s climate changes read more »
Is space mining commercially viable?
Monday, January 13, 2014
There's been a lot of talk lately about space mining and the idea has earned some pretty reputable backers. But one major argument against the sector is the astronomical costs associated with mining asteroids. read more »
Growing need for multiskilled geologists, says Venmyn Deloitte
Friday, November 29, 2013
There is a growing need for multidimensional and multiskilled young geologists in South Africa, says Venmyn Deloitte director Neil McKenna. read more »
U.S. scientists a step closer to finding evidence of dark matter in former gold mine
Thursday, October 17, 2013
A U.S. team of researchers hunting for dark matter in a former gold mine in South Dakota, may be getting closer to a major breakthrough in their study after they spent most of their daylight hours in the underground lab over the summer. read more »
TIMELINE: The largest meteor falls through history
Monday, July 29, 2013
If it weren't for big meteors hitting earth, we wouldn't have the Sudbury Basin or gold mining. Roxana Torre made this infographic that looks at 600 years of meteor finds and counting the number of falls. read more »
Is Deep Sea Mining Worth the Risk?
Friday, June 21, 2013
The team at 911 Metallurgist takes a look at mining the ocean floor in their newest infographic. read more »
South African Mineral Rights Technology Taking World by Storm
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
A locally developed mineral rights system, now active on all continents, is taking the minerals-management world by storm. The ten-year-old FlexiCadastre, developed by Spatial Dimension of Cape Town, is currently being applied in 70 global mining jurisdictions read more »
United Nations Publishes First Plan for Deep Sea Mining
Monday, May 20, 2013
The United Nations has published its first plan for deep sea mining, reports the British Broadcasting Corporation. read more »
Geoscientists Find Oldest Water on Earth in Underground Mine
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Geoscientists from the University of Toronto discovered a pocket of water approximately 2.6 billion years old in a mine in Ontario. The ancient pool of water was found two miles underground near the town of Timmins read more »
MICROMINE to Showcase New Software Releases at Austmine 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
MICROMINE is set to showcase its world-class exploration and mining software solutions and services at the Austmine International Exhibition and Convention, which is being held 20 - 23 May 2013 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Western Australia. read more »
Government of Canada Invests in Pan-Canadian Research Partnership to Innovate Mining Industry
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today launched a pan-Canadian research collaboration among 24 leading mining companies and 17 universities from across Canada, to develop tools to increase mining and mineral exploration success rates. read more »
NASA Plans to Mine an Asteroid
Monday, April 08, 2013
NASA will likely get funding to snag a 500-ton asteroid and put it into orbit around the moon, says a US senator representing Florida. Bill Nelson expects the $100-million mission to be part of President Obama's budget, expected to be released this week. read more »
Earth is 'lazy' when forming faults like those near San Andreas
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Cooke's UMass Amherst lab is one of only a handful worldwide to use a relatively new modeling technique that uses kaolin clay rather than sand to better understand the behavior of Earth's crust. read more »
How Earthquakes Create Gold Deposits Instantaneously
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
A study featured in Nature Magazine's Geoscience section revealed that gold deposits can form almost instantaneously during earthquakes in a process called "flash vaporization." read more »
German Researchers Develop Mineral as Flexible as Rubber
Friday, March 15, 2013
German scientists have created a new synthetic hybrid material with a 90% mineral content that is a malleable as rubber. read more »
Planetary Resources’ Arkyd-100 Spacecraft to Assist in Early Detection and Characterization of Near-Earth Asteroids
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Planetary Resources, Inc. (PRI) announced, on the eve of 2012 DA14’s close pass of Earth, that the Arkyd-100 Series – technology demonstrator for asteroid prospecting missions – will assist in the detection and characterization of potentially hazardous asteroids near Earth read more »
Will Deep-sea Mining Yield an Underwater Gold Rush?
Friday, February 01, 2013
A mile beneath the ocean's waves waits a buried cache beyond any treasure hunter's wildest dreams: gold, copper, zinc, and other valuable minerals. read more »
The Promise and Perils of Mining Asteroids
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Encouraged by new space technologies, a growing fleet of commercial rockets, and the vast potential to generate riches, a group of entrepreneurs announced Tuesday that they planned to mine the thousands of near-Earth asteroids in the coming decades. read more »
Jamaica official says researchers have found rare-earth elements in island's bauxite residue
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Jamaica may be able to benefit from newly found deposits of rare-earth elements that are key ingredients for smartphones, computers and numerous other high-tech goods read more »
Xstract Provides New Free Software for Exploration and Mining
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Xstract has produced a free and open-source mining database and software package called XODB (Xstract Open Database) to support better quality of information in the mining industry, and make exploration software more available to smaller mining and exploration companies. read more »
Gas hydrates are a potentially important source of energy.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Here are a few FAQs on the topic of Gas Hydrates, why it's important to study them, and resources for further research. read more »
Preliminary Economic Assessments for Mining Projects
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published a new staff notice clarifying its position on several issues regarding the use and disclosure of preliminary economic assessments (PEAs) by Canadian reporting issuers in the mining sector (Staff Notice 43-307 Mining Technical Reports – Preliminary Economic Assessments).  read more »
History of Nevada mining
Thursday, September 06, 2012
The Comstock Lode was discovered in 1857 when two prospectors sank a small pit to collect water for their rocker and accidentally hit the lode. read more »
BCGS: Bedrock geology of the upper Kutcho Creek area
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The upper Kutcho Creek map area is in northern British Columbia, about 100 km east of Dease Lake. It covers about 400 square kilometres and encompasses the transition between the Stikine Ranges of the Cassiar Mountains to the north and the Spatsizi Plateau to the south. read more »
Specialty Metals In Canada
Monday, June 25, 2012
Specialty metals are essential raw materials for manufacturing high technology products and for fabricating devices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Industrialized countries consider access to specialty metals important for national security. read more »
How the Wild West really looked: Gorgeous sepia-tinted pictures show the landscape as it was charted for the very first time
Friday, May 25, 2012
Superb 1870s views of rock formations, canyons, mining towns, mines, Indians and explorers. Check it out. read more »
John Wesley Powell: Soldier, Explorer, Scientist
Thursday, May 17, 2012
This breed of special people flourished up until mid 20th century. They mastered many disciplines, languages, were not afraid of challenges ahead therefore they broke new ground and opened new frontiers - geographic and scientific. read more »
Photographs of a Russian coal mine
Thursday, May 10, 2012
"Presenting another awesome series of photographs by Vadim Mahorovym, of a coal mine in Kiselevsk – a small mining town near Novokuznetsk which is operational since 1917." read more »
Innovation in Mining: A New Book from PDAC and the Mining Assocation of Canada
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
At this link you will find a fascinating book put out by the Mining Association of Canada and the PDAC. It is called 100 Innovations in the Mining Industry. read more »
Diatreme breccias
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
An interesting SEG paper presenting cross-sections and pictures of many diatreme breccias, kimberlites structures/deposits around the world. read more »
New Temporary Exhibit at Britannia Mine Museum
Monday, April 16, 2012
There is a new exhibit that opened today at the Britannia Mine Museum, located just north of Vancouver, Canada. The exhibit which runs until June 15 showcases amazing close-up images of minerals. read more »
BC Geological Survey E-newsletter
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Geoscience BC Map of Dease Lake-Tuya River area & Digital Archive of Regional Geochemical Surveys (RGS) Maps read more »
Failed Public Financings in the Mining Sector – Use of Economic Analysis and Confusion Around Preliminary Economic Assessments
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The failure and termination of several recent Canadian prospectus financings has highlighted the particular disclosure challenges that companies face in the mining sector, and in particular some recent confusion around the rules applicable to preliminary economic assessments (PEAs). (Osler) read more »
Nevada Geologist James Faulds Named Bureau of Mines and Geology Director
Thursday, March 15, 2012
James Faulds will become the new State Geologist and Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno, replacing Jonathan Price when Price retires at the end of June. Faulds has been with the bureau of mines and geology since 1997 and has done expansive research within the prestigious program. read more »
BC Geological Survey E-Newsletter
Friday, March 09, 2012
New publications: Open File 2012-02: Till Geochemistry of the Huckleberry Mine Area, West-Central British Columbia; Information Circular 2012-2: British Columbia Coal Industry Overview 2011 read more »
Monday, January 23, 2012
Geological Fieldwork 2011; Exploration and Mining in British Columbia 2011; Mines and Mineral Exploration Overview 2011; Operating Mines and Selected Major Exporation Projects; Poster Highlights read more »
Natural Acid Rock Drainage in Colorado
Friday, December 23, 2011
This report, Natural Acid Rock Drainage Associated with Hydrothermally Altered Terrane in Colorado, examines the water quality and geology of several areas in Colorado exhibiting acid rock drainage (ARD) that is not caused by mining, but by nature. read more »
BC Geological Survey E-newsletter
Friday, December 16, 2011
Geology, Geochronology, Lithogeochemistry and Metamorphism of the Nimpkish-Telegraph Cove Area, Northern Vancouver Island & Surficial Geochemistry of the Galaxy Porphyry Copper-Gold Deposit, Kamloops, BC. And the new Chief Geologist & Executive Director of the BC Geological survey is ...  read more »
B.C. Geological Survey E-newsletter
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
A Digital Atlas of Terranes for the Northern Cordillera. read more »
Hyperspectral core mapper
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Fast data acquisition, results displayed in minutes, output in various formats including 3D. I'd say good for large drilling programs like porphyry deposits. read more »
Historical overview of traditional and modern gold mining in Ghana
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Good paper on pre-colonial methods of mining in the gold rich west African country of Ghana. read more »
The Exploration Geologist - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
... he learned a lot about the use of small boats to map up rivers, and how to work with horses and elephants. Also the importance of the regular supply of opium from China, to avoid the miners going on strike. Not a lot of science perhaps, but useful knowledge and experience. read more »
Geological Survey E-newsletter: Geoscience Map 2011-4
Monday, December 05, 2011
Geology, Geochronology, Lithogeochemistry and Metamorphism of the Alice Lake Area, Northern Vancouver Island (NTS 092L/06 and part of 092L/03) 1:50 000  read more »
USGS Data - Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010)
Thursday, December 01, 2011
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated on the development of a notably enhanced global elevation model named the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010) that replaces GTOPO30 as the elevation dataset of choice for global and continental scale applications. read more »
Yukon: Handbook of Reclamation Techniques and Mining Land Use
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
This handbook has been prepared by the Yukon Government for use by operators conducting mineral exploration programs under the mining land use regime of the Quartz Mining Act. read more »
On seismic signals from landslides – new research
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
See a massive rock avalanche in action somewhere up in Alps and learn how to read seismic recordings to be able to detect this kind of events. read more »
British Columbia Historical Newspapers Online
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
For the first time ALL these historical newspapers online documenting the succesive gold & silver rushes that spread like wildfire through the rugged mountains and deep valleys of the new Canadian province. read more »
Red Planet Report
Monday, November 14, 2011
The Red Planet Report scans the published scientific literature on Mars and gives you short summaries of the most interesting results, written so you can understand what they mean. If you’re interested in Mars research, but don’t have the time to plow through journals and papers to find new results, we’ll do it for you. read more »
Mine reconciliation: Effects of geological and technical uncertainties
Monday, November 14, 2011
A paper by P.A. Dowd of the University of Adelaide. read more »
BCGS - Geological Survey E-newsletter
Thursday, November 10, 2011
GeoFile 2011-10 provides background information regarding Specialty Metals in British Columbia and can be considered a Specialty Metals primer for prospectors and geologists. The accompanying 1:2 000 000 scale map shows the location and geological setting of 106 rare metal occurrences. read more »
BCGS - Geological Survey E-newsletter
Friday, November 04, 2011
Geoscience Map 2011-03: Geology, Geochronology, Lithogeochemistry and Metamorphism of the Mahatta Creek Area, Northern Vancouver Island (NTS 092L/05) 1:50 000 scale, and Information Circular 2011-4: Coal in British Columbia. read more »
If it can't be grown, it must be mined - Arizona Mining Association
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
A beautiful history of mining in Arizona - from Apaches to the lonely prospector and his burro and to modern copper mines. read more »
Rio Tinto's VK1 Technology Sees Visit from Royals
Friday, October 28, 2011
Rio Tinto's Mine of the Future technology saw a visit from the Duke of Edinburgh prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth. read more »
Securities Class Actions Increasingly Target Public Issuers in the Mining Industry
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Part XXIII.1 of the Ontario Securities Act, and comparable legislation in other Canadian provinces (the Securities Acts), now provides a statutory right of action against public issuers, their directors and officers, and various related parties for misrepresentations or omissions affecting the price of the issuer’s securities on the secondary market. read more »
History of American Railroads and Mapping
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Surveying and mapping activities flourished in the United States as people began moving inland over the inadequately mapped continent. The settlement of the frontier, the development of agriculture, and the exploitation of natural resources generated a demand for new ways to move people and goods from one place to another. read more »
The Gold Mines Built Yellowknife
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Yellowknife was founded as a gold mining camp in 1937 and has risen to become a great capital city, looking to the bright future and reflecting on its glorious past. read more »
Rare Earth Element Concentrations in Phosphate Deposits, Sulphur Mountain Formation, Northeastern British Columbia, Canada
Friday, September 30, 2011
This study covers concentrations of lanthanides and Y in phosphate deposits in northeastern British Columbia. read more »
Geoscience BC Releases Two Nechako Basin Reports
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the release of the following two reports, which focus on central British Columbia's Nechako Basin. The reports would help future mineral and oil & gas exploration in the region. read more »
Exploration Sampling - International Mining magazine
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The collection of reliable samples from a mineral prospect or mine is an essential basis for the production of an accurate resource estimate, and for metallurgical test work.  read more »
Niven William - Mineralogist and archeologist
Monday, September 12, 2011
William Niven, mineralogist and archeologist, son of William and Sarah (Brown) Niven, was born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland, on October 6, 1850. He came to the United States in 1879 and worked as a mineralogist. read more »
MICROMINE Launches Micromine 2011
Monday, August 08, 2011
MICROMINE is pleased to announce the general release of Micromine 2011, the latest version of its flagship exploration and mine modelling solution. read more »
Geochemical Pathfinders to Drift Covered Copper-gold Sulphide Mineralization in central British Columbia
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Also a geoscience map: Geology, Geochronology, Lithogeochemistry and Metamorphism of the Quatsino-Port McNeill Area, Northern Vancouver Island.  read more »
Yukon's Geological Advantages
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Modern exploration since 1965; field season typically 4 months; some 2,600 known mineral occurences are on mining claims covering less than 4% of the territory's total area; open for new greenfields & brownfields discoveries ... read more »
In pictures: Colombia's emerald mines
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Muzo mines located in Boyaca, Colombia. read more »
Flooding of ancient Salton Sea linked to San Andreas earthquakes
Monday, June 27, 2011
Study finds that faults beneath the Salton Sea ruptured during Colorado River floods and may have triggered large earthquakes on the southern San Andreas Fault. read more »
Amendments to NI 43-101 – “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects”
Friday, June 10, 2011
On April 8, 2011, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) published in final form amendments to National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects and its related form of technical report and companion policy (NI 43-101).  read more »
BCGS Open File 2011-07: Bedrock Geology of the Andrea Creek Area, part of NTS 104I/01
Monday, June 06, 2011
The Andrea Creek map area is located in northern British Columbia, about 100 km east of Dease Lake. It covers about 200 square kilometres and encompasses the transition between the Stikine Ranges of the Cassiar Mountains to the north and the Spatsizi Plateau to the south.  read more »
US Topo – A New National Map Series
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
In the second half of the 20th century, the foundation of the U.S. Geological Survey’s national map series was the handcrafted 7.5-minute topographic map. Times change, budgets get squeezed and currency expectations become ever more challenging... read more »
Rare Earth Element Concentrations in Phosphate Deposits, Fernie Formation, Southeastern British Columbia, Canada
Friday, May 13, 2011
Sedimentary phosphate deposits are known to contain non-negligible concentrations of Rare Earth Elements (REE). This conceptual study, based on 53 samples, gives an indication of the REE concentrations in phosphate rock occurrences located in southeast British Columbia. read more »
NERC Soil Portal
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The NERC Soil Portal provides a gateway to discover, view and download large-scale soils property datasets from across NERC research centres. read more »
EROS Image Gallery
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Tri-Decadal Global Landsat Orthorectified States ... read more »
Changes to NI 43-101 Become Effective June 30, 2011
Friday, May 06, 2011
On June 30, 2011 amendments to National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) will become effective. There will be an updated and more flexible rule (“New NI 43-101”) in place for mining issuers. read more »
Esri and DOI Introduce Landsat Data for the World
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Working in close collaboration with the US Department of the Interior (DOI), Esri is pleased to announce the release of Landsat image services. These provide access to almost four decades' worth of Global Land Survey (GLS) Landsat data developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and DOI's US Geological Survey. read more »
From Earth to the Solar System - Images for Exhibition
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
NASA hi-res images for Sun & Earth, Planets, Moons, Small Bodies, and Astrobiology. read more »
The U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Free viewing and downloading of the entire USGS photographic collection. read more »
The Treadwell Gold Mines of Alaska,
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
John Treadwell, famed founder of the Treadwell Gold Mines, was a California carpenter with 12 years' experience in placer and lode mining in California and Nevada before he landed in Alaska in 1881. read more »
B.C. Geological Survey E-newsletter
Till Geochemistry of the Colleymount Map Area (093L/01), West-central British Columbia; Regional Geochemical Survey Database; East Hoodoo Mountain – Iskut River Geology (NTS 104B/14E, 11NE)... read more »
Alaska's REE potential - March 2011
Thursday, April 07, 2011
This paper provides a brief overview of rare-earth elements, their uses, and current worldwide sources of their production. A summary of some Alaska occurrences of rare-earth elements and associated rocks is also included. read more »
Harmonizing International and Russian reporting standards
Friday, April 01, 2011
Guidelines on Alignments of Russian mineral reporting standards and the CRIRSCO Template ... read more »
What is a Sediment Hosted Vein Deposit?
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The term Sediment Hosted Vein (SHV) deposit is used for a family of gold deposits that consist of gold in quartz veins hosted by shale and siltstone sedimentary rocks. read more »
Geology, Geochronology, Lithogeochemistry and Metamorphism of the Holberg-Winter Harbour Area, Northern Vancouver Island
Friday, March 18, 2011
Geoscience Map 2011-1 (1:50 000-scale), the first in a series of five new geological maps for northern Vancouver Island, describes the geology, geochronology, lithogeochemistry and metamorphism of the Holberg-Winter Harbour area. read more »
The Klondike gold fields and Pleistocene environments of Beringia
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The Klondike gold fields of Yukon, Canada, contain a key record of Pleistocene Beringia, the region of Alaska, Siberia, and Yukon that remained largely unglaciated during the late Cenozoic. A concentration of mining exposures, with relict permafrost that is locally more than 700,000 years old, provides ... read more »
BC Geological Survey E-newsletter
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Rare Metals in British Columbia and British Columbia Mines and Mineral Exploration Overview 2010. read more »
2010 Australian Mineral Exploration Review
Friday, February 25, 2011
Australian mineral exploration spending in 2009–10 rose by $9.4 million to $2,232.5 million of which 38% was spent on the search for new deposits. read more »
Hand-held, Portable XRF in Exploration for Carbonate-hosted Sulphide and Nonsulphide Pb-Zn Deposits
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Carbonate-hosted nonsulphide base metal mineralization is derived from sulphide deposits by supergene processes. In the field such occurrences can be described as ‘red ores’ or ‘white ores’... read more »
New BCGS publications
Friday, February 11, 2011
Final Frontier in the Golden Triangle: East Hoodoo Mountain Area & Biogeochemical Exploration Vectors in search of Carbonatite, Blue River, British Columbia. read more »
Gold production, resources and total inventories in British Columbia (1858-1998)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
140 years of gold mining data for British Columbia, Canada. Plus 2010 exploration and mining data. read more »
California Earthquake Fault Zone Maps
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The index map identifies all Official Maps of Earthquake Fault Zones delineated by the California Geological Survey through December 2010 under the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act. Individual Earthquake Fault Zone Maps can be viewed on screen. Digital image files (pdf) and Geographic Information System files (GIS) of individual maps can be downloaded by selecting a specific quadrangle map. read more »
Monday, February 07, 2011
GeoVisionary is the result of a collaboration between Virtalis and the British Geological Survey. Combining a powerful data engine with a virtual geological toolkit enables geoscientists to visualise, analyse and share large datasets seamlessly in an immersive, real time environment.  read more »
A History of Coal in Europe
Thursday, February 03, 2011
The Timber Crisis; The Fuel of Last Resort; Medieval Coal and Coal Mining; The Prejudice against Coal; Renaissance Coal Mines; Coke; Wagon ways, Steam Engines, Canal Building and Coal ...
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New discoveries improve climate models
Thursday, February 03, 2011
U.S. Geological Survey scientists looked back 3 million years, to the mid-Pliocene warm period, and studied the influence of the North Atlantic Ocean’s Greenland-Scotland Ridge on surface water temperature.  read more »
Age constraints of mineralization at Brenda and Woodjam Cu-Mo+/-Au Porphyry Deposits
Monday, January 31, 2011
British Columbia is well endowed with porphyry deposits, including calcalkaline Cu-Mo+/-Au and alkaline Cu-Au+/-Ag porphyry deposits. Most of the well knonwn deposits display geological characteristics consistent with ... read more »
In Congo, Diamonds are Whose Best Friend ?
Monday, January 10, 2011
This was my first trip to Mbuji Mayi. I knew it as Congo’s city of riches: the diamond mecca of the country. But whatever I expected is not what I found. read more »
International Workshop Geology of Rare Metals: Abstract Volume
Friday, December 10, 2010
The International Workshop on the Geology of Rare Metals was held at the Harbour Towers Hotel in Victoria, Canada on November 9-10, 2010. It was organized by the British Columbia Geological Survey in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Canada’s Targeted Geoscience Initiative 4 and the Pacific Section of the Geological Association of Canada. read more »
Soil Atlas of the Northern Circumpolar Region
Monday, December 06, 2010
The 144 pages atlas is the result of a three-year collaborative project with partners from northern EU countries, as well as Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, the USA and Russia and gives a detailed overview of circumpolar soil resources relevant also to agriculture, forest management, water management, land use planning, infrastructure and housing and energy transport networks. read more »
Surficial Geology in B.C., Canada
Friday, December 17, 2010
'Surficial Geology of the Komie Creek Area' and 'Unprocessed ground penetrating radar for the Komie North glaciofluvial delta, northeast British Columbia ' read more »
Placer deposits of the Yukon
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Historic placer mining areas in Yukon can be grouped into ten areas: Klondike; Sixtymile; Fortymile; Clear Creek; Moosehorn Range; Stewart River; Whitehorse South; Mayo; Dawson Range and Livingstone Creek. Each area has its own geomorphic setting and depositional history which is related to its glacial history.  read more »
Reconciliation of Reserves—Part 2
Monday, November 22, 2010
This newsletter is a continuation of Pincock Perspectives Issue 49 on the reconciliation of reserves. The initial article discussed the issues surrounding reconciliation of the resource model to mine production. This edition focuses on the closure of the process, with reconciliation of the mine to the mill, the mill to the smelter or refiner, and finally to sales. read more »
Reconciliation of Reserves
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
This newsletter is the first of two articles on the subject of reconciliation. This month will focus on the first stage of reconciliation: comparing the ore reserve/resource estimate to the production reported from the mine. read more »
Rare Earth Elements in U.S. Not So Rare
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Approximately 13 million metric tons of rare earth elements (REE) exist within known deposits in the United States, according to the first-ever nationwide estimate of these elements by the U.S. Geological Survey. read more »
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Explore global imagery of the planets and satellites from a variety of missions in an easy to use web interface. Customize and download your own image maps of the Moon, Mars, Venus, and other planets and moons. read more »
Intrusion Related Gold Deposits - Australia
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Target; Mining & Treatment; Regional & Local Geological Criteria; Mineralization Features; Alteration Styles; Deposit Geochemical Criteria; Surficial Geochemical Criteria; Geophysical Criteria ...  read more »
Pegmatites and Hydrothermal Veins
Monday, November 01, 2010
"The recognition of hydrothermal mineralization in complex pegmatites has led me to speculate as to whether or not such a phase possibly connects pegmatites with ore-bearing hydrothermal veins. It has been appreciated for some time that both types of deposits are formed from residual magmatic liquids. Is the process of crystallization of a magma from the normal igneous rock stage through the pegmatite and hydrothermal phases continuous or discontinuous?" read more »
Cave Breccias and Archaeological Sites
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Generally, deposition of allochthanous material in caves follows that for most stratified surface deposits; that is, the deposits are locally younging upwards and they tend to be horizontally bedded, and deposits frequently show fining-upwards following stream floods. Many bone breccias may show distinct layering but rock breccias in caves may not conform to such a simple regime. read more »
Mines along the old Route 66 - Photo gallery
Monday, August 16, 2010
Route 66 is a wonderful historic stretch of road. The section with the illustrious Gold Road mine is the longest stretch of Route 66 still in use today. read more »
Earth from Space: North Sentinel Island
Friday, August 13, 2010
A cloudy day on North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean, home to the last small indigenous human tribe, as seen from ESA's Proba satellite. The 8.9 Richter scale earthquake that triggered the Asian tsunami on 26 December 2004 had a lasting effect on this location, part of India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands chain.  read more »
Canadian Mining Events from 1604 to 1943
Thursday, August 12, 2010
... and Historical Tables of the Mineral production of Canada read more »
A taste of South Africa: Geological photo galleries
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Cape Peninsula, Western Cape, Namibia & Namaqualand, the Bushveld Complex, Mineral Deposits and Mines ... read more »
Get gold, humanely if you can, but at all hazards get gold!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York - The Key to the Gold Vault
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Tsumeb Mine: A history of copper mining in Namibia
Friday, July 16, 2010
The first written report of copper being seen in the Tsumeb area was made in 1857 when the Rhenish Missionaries H. Hahn and J. Rath in the company of hunter-trader F. Green made an expedition to the north with the objective of meeting with Ovambo chiefs. On June 17 they camped East of Grootfontein at the foot of the Otjitjika Mountain where they met Ovambo traders carrying neatly woven palm-leaf baskets that contained copper ore from the Otavi Mountains. read more »
Major Coal and Mineral Deposits of British Columbia, Canada
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The province’s MINFILE mineral occurrence database was used to identify the major coal and mineral deposits, mines and past producers for British Columbia ... read more »
Tectonic controls on the distribution of large copper and gold deposits in SE Asia
Monday, July 05, 2010
Ore deposits occur in a wide range of tectonic settings, and are highly variable in their local characteristics. In this paper, we focus on the distribution of copper and gold deposits in the Southeast Asia region, and investigate large-scale plate-tectonic controls on the distribution and characteristics of these porphyry copper and epithermal gold deposits. We then discuss the applicability of these results to exploration .... read more »
Goce satellite views Earth's gravity in high definition
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
It is one of the most exquisite views we have ever had of the Earth. This colourful new map traces the subtle but all pervasive influence the pull of gravity has across the globe. Known as a geoid, it essentially defines where the level surface is on our planet; it tells us which way is "up" and which way is "down".  read more »
Quaternary glacial and climate history of Antarctica
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The Antarctic Ice Sheet, containing 25-30 x 106 km3 of glacial ice is the largest glacial system on Earth. The Antarctic ice sheet, potentially containing 57-66 m of sea-level equivalent, is a critical factor in regulating, modifying and forcing the global climate and oceanographic system. During most of the late Cenozoic the Antarctic ice sheet has driven global eustasy and deep-ocean circulation, and acted as a regulator of global climate.  read more »
B.C. Geological Survey E-newsletter
Monday, June 21, 2010
Geology of the Area South and West of Princeton, British Columbia & Table of British Columbia Coal Resources read more »
Only Fools Pay for Wind Power
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
It is unfortunate for the U.S., or any country, that the wind industry and politicians are unwilling to reveal the truth and the folly of wind power. Claims by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA.org) appear so grand, so let’s look deeper. read more »
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
When water from rainfall moves down through the soil and encounters bedrock in karst terrain, the bedrock begins to dissolve along horizontal and vertical cracks and crevices in the rock. Eventually, these cracks and crevices ... read more »
Coal to Remain Key U.S. Source of Electrical Power
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Committing U.S. electrical utilities to the "25-percent Renewable Electricity Portfolio Standard" (RES or RFS) mandating that, by 2025, the U.S. generates 25-percent of its electrical power from renewable sources is a futile, unwise misdirection of financial, human, and technological resources on a backward, impossible mission. read more »
Maxwell GeoServices Releases New Coal Database
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Maxwell GeoServices is pleased to announce the released of our specialised coal database. The Maxwell Coal Data Schema (CDS) was developed in conjunction with coal producers and our own coal industry specialist read more »
Reed Gold Mine
Monday, May 31, 2010
One Sunday — supposedly in the spring — twelve-year-old Conrad Reed, son of John, chose to go fishing with several siblings in Little Meadow Creek on the family farm rather that attend church with his parents. While busy alongside the creek he saw "a yellow substance shining in the water." Its weight was later said to be approximately seventeen pounds. John Reed, unable to identify it, set the heavy stone aside as a useful doorstop and continued life as usual. read more »
June 2010 Geology and GSA Today highlights
Friday, May 28, 2010
Fossils, faulting, continent formation, river evolution, eolian sedimentation - the June Geology covers all this and more, with input from scientists around the world. Highlights include the first field evidence of neotectonic activity in the Hochschwab karst massif; in-situ sampling from the AlpTransit tunnel site; discovery in Mexico of the oldest known Bryozoan fossils; and fingerprinting of magmatic glasses and crystals to determine their "rock DNA." GSA Today examines microbial ecosystems in the Tibetan Plateau. read more »
Till Geochemistry of the Nadina River Map Area (093E/15), West-Central British Columbia
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Till data presented here highlight four areas of elevated geochemical values of interest to the mineral exploration community. The spatial distribution of samples elevated in Cu, Mo, Pb, Zn, Ag, Ni, Hg, Au, As, Sb, Cr and visible gold grains are the focus of this study. read more »
Geology of Porcher Island and northern Grenville Channel, northwestern British Columbia
Friday, May 07, 2010
This open file covers 1:50,000 scale mapping conducted in 2009 on Porcher Island and adjacent islands, and the mainland coast on the eastern side of Grenville Channel.  read more »
Deepest Dive: Geographic Honors Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Friday, April 16, 2010
Fifty years ago--January 23, 1960--Don Walsh, then a U.S. Navy lieutenant, and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard climbed inside a sphere at the bottom of the "bathyscaphe" (deep-diving research submarine) Trieste and descended some 35,800 feet to the deepest place in any ocean on our planet, Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench off Guam. No one has ever returned to the spot, literally Earth's ultimate abyss. read more »
Natural Gas Potential Assessed in Eastern Mediterranean
Monday, April 12, 2010
An estimated 122 trillion cubic feet (tcf) (mean estimate) of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas are in the Levant Basin Province, located in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Technically recoverable resources are those producible using currently available technology and industry practices. read more »
New Geology Map and Data for the Princeton Area, BC
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Geology and Mineral Deposits of the Granite Creek Area, British Columbia (BC); In situ magnetic susceptibility measurements in the Southern Nicola Project area, southern BC; Serpentinite-hosted nickel deposit potential in BC ... read more »
Ore body delineation and reserve estimation
Thursday, April 01, 2010
The state of the geologic logging art itself is relatively unchanged over the last 100 years. The human judgment factor is difficult to calibrate between any two core loggers, and just as difficult to keep consistent within one core logger between Monday at 8:00 am and Friday at 5:00 pm. read more »
Switzerland geologist on trial for 'causing quakes'
Monday, March 29, 2010
The head of a geothermal energy company has gone on trial in Switzerland accused of damaging property by triggering earthquakes. read more »
Geosoft announces 2010 software releases
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Canadian geoscience software company Geosoft has now announced the availability of its 2010 Software Release for geoscientists and exploration professionals. The release includes a number of claimed important advancements that improve access to data and information, make mapping and reporting tasks more efficient, and expand 3D subsurface capabilities. read more »
Texas earthquakes may be linked to wells for gas mining
Thursday, March 11, 2010
"The earthquakes were right in our backyard, and quakes don't happen too often in Texas," says seismologist Brian Stump of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, senior author on a Leading Edge journal study. "We usually only get small ones." read more »
Understanding the types of aquifers in the Canadian Cordillera hydrogeologic region
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Groundwater is often viewed as a mysterious and challenging resource to manage as it is hidden underground. Generally, the only obvious sign of groundwater to the public is water flowing from a spring
or from a well. Where and how the groundwater got to the spring or well and how much is available are questions of interest when trying
to protect the resource.
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Glaciers - Science and Nonsense
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Alarm started with ‘global warming’ but since the Earth failed to warm in the past 10 years it changed to ‘climate change” and most recently to “carbon pollution.” But the most graphic scare is still of rising sea levels, so many articles continue appear describing sea level rise of many metres caused by the melting of the icesheets. read more »
QP: What's your method?
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Selecting an appropiate commodity price; Reporting multiple cut-off grades; Appropiate level of support for selecting a cut-off grade; Definition of a pre-feasibility study; Disclosing third party estimates. read more »
The pan-European reserves and resources reporting code
Monday, February 22, 2010
The importance of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves in underpinning the value of any exploration and mining company is well understood; Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves are the primary assets and as such will form the basis for financial valuations supporting a listing. read more »
B.C. Geological Survey E-newsletter
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Four new publications: Open File 2010-04, Open File 2010-05, Geofile 2010-06, Information Circular 2010-02 ... read more »
Roundup 2010: Mineral Deposits that Matter
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The Gold presentation was delivered by Jay Hodgson - he looked into big gold deposits. Silver deposits that matter were presented by Bob Quartermain. Copper and the global copper industry were next and an excellent presentation was delivered by Michael Doggett. Mark Selby talked about strategic thinking in global copper supply and demand. read more »
B.C. Geological Survey E-newsletter
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Bedrock Geology of the QUEST map area, central British Columbia - The British Columbia Geological Survey, Geoscience BC and Natural Resources Canada - Geological Survey of Canada have collaborated to update the BCGeologyMap (the Province's digital geology map) in central BC. The update area corresponds to Geoscience BC’s QUEST Project geophysical survey footprint, which extends from Williams Lake to Mackenzie (an area larger than Vancouver Island). read more »
B.C. Geological survey E-newsletter
Monday, January 18, 2010
New Publications: Geological Fieldwork 2009; Exploration and Mining in British Columbia 2009; Mines and Mineral Exploration Overview 2009; Open File 2010-01: Operating Mines and Selected Major Exploration Projects; Open File 2010-02: Communities Benefiting from Mineral Exploration and Mining; Geofile 2010-01: Boundary Project: Geochronology and Geochemistry; Geofile 2010-03: Vermiculite Resources of British Columbia, Canada; Geofile 2010-04: Carbonate-hosted sulphide and nonsulphide Pb-Zn mineralization, Cariboo terrane, BC... read more »
BC Geological Survey E-newsletter
Thursday, January 14, 2010
New Publications: Paper 2009-2, Geofile 2010-05, Open File 2009-12. Upcoming data releases; Survey news and announcements. read more »
Boldly Going Where No Man (or Woman) Goes: USGS Unmanned Aircraft
Friday, January 08, 2010
"In dangerous and remote areas, such as polar regions, volcanic islands, and expansive deserts, remote-controlled unmanned aircraft can provide more detailed, more timely data about the status of natural resources and environmental conditions than would be feasible by any other means ..."  read more »
Geology of the Quesnel River area, central British Columbia
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Open File 2009-10 presents a 1:50 000-scale bedrock geology map of the Quesnel River area (NTS 93B/16), encompassing and extending southeast of Quesnel, British Columbia and adjoining Open File 2008-06. It presents the results of new mapping, geochronological dating and compilation of private industry research that provides new insight into the geologic and metallogenic evolution of this largely overburden covered portion of the Quesnel terrane.  read more »
QUEST Project Property File Update
Monday, December 21, 2009
This project resulted in the addition to Property File of 2860 documents and maps from the QUEST areas. The items, which are from the Cyprus-Anvil, Chevron, Placer Dome and Rimfire collections, were scanned, indexed and cross-referenced with related MINFILE occurrences. In total, 481 MINFILE occurrences were updated and 17 new MINFILE occurrences were identified. read more »
New Science Estimates Carbon Storage Potential of U.S. Lands
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The first phase of a groundbreaking national assessment estimates that U.S. forests and soils could remove additional quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere as a means to mitigate climate change. read more »
Mine optimization
Monday, December 07, 2009
Big savings can be made on the bottom line. As companies get back to basics after the global financial crisis, mine and project planning return to the fore.  read more »
Northern Highlights
Monday, December 07, 2009
Since this focus last year, mining and processing suppliers the world over have gone through the wringer. Thousands of jobs have been shed from some of the major players and hopefully they have come through stronger and better. Going forward, the recovery in mining appears to have come sooner than many feared. read more »
More Mines in the North
Monday, December 07, 2009
One year can make a whole lot of difference. When last November we reported on the Nordic mining scene there was still a sense of the unknown in the financial crisis – that has since taken hold and now ‘calmed’. It has not affected the underlying strength of the mining industry in the Nordic region. read more »
Mapping the way
Monday, December 07, 2009
Surveying is a vital discipline throughout the mining process – embracing exploration, mining and closure. GPS has been a boon to surveying but has many other related uses in making operations more productive and safer. read more »
Kazakhstan: A 'market economy'
Monday, December 07, 2009
With a Standard and Poor’s ‘investment grade' credit rating, Kazakhstan is considered a model transition economy, in overcoming the legacy of the Soviet centralized command economy.  read more »
British Columbia Geological Survey E-newsletter
Monday, November 30, 2009
Speed up approval of your assessment reports and save printing and mailing costs by submitting digital assessment reports. read more »
Ivanhoe uses Zeus IP technology to expand information on Oyu Tolgoi
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
John Macken, President and CEO of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., and Govind Friedland, President and CEO of GoviEx Gold Inc., announced today that the first comprehensive field test of the breakthrough ZeusTM geophysical exploration technology has significantly increased the potential for additional resources to be discovered at Ivanhoe's Oyu Tolgoi Project in southern Mongolia. read more »
UN Commission Declares Geology “Most Important” Requirement to Solving Environmental Problems
Monday, November 16, 2009
UNESCAP attributes the remarkable success of geo-scientists in solving even the most "perplexing issues" of human health, safety and the environment to their ability as professionals "…to think in terms of long time intervals, to visualize changes in the environment that are a result of natural or anthropogenic processes and to put all of this into a three-dimensional and time perspective. No other professional scientist or engineer has been trained to do that…." read more »
Disclosure standards for companies engaged in mineral exploration, development & production
Monday, November 09, 2009
The disclosure of the results of exploration and development activity on mineral properties must comply with the requirements of the Toronto Stock Exchange Policy Statement on Timely Disclosure, the Ontario Securities Act and all applicable policies and rules of the Ontario Securities Commission and any other securities regulatory body having jurisdiction over an issuer listed on the Exchange. In particular, the requirements of National Instrument 43-101 must be followed. read more »
DOE-Sponsored Mississippi Project Hits 1-Million-Ton Milestone for Injected CO2
Thursday, November 05, 2009
A large-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) storage project in Mississippi has become the fifth worldwide to reach the important milestone of more than 1 million tons injected. As a result, it is helping to both further carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a mitigation strategy for global climate change and move forward G-8 recommendations for launching 20 projects of this type internationally by 2010. read more »
Soil Gas Hydrocarbon Exploration Method
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Employing a new geochemical technique developed by Actlabs, Golden Hope Mines has outlined a new highly prospective area at its FSG Area in Quebec, Canada. read more »
A.P.Coleman - Professor and Geologist
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Canadian geologist, professor, minerals prospector, artist, Rockies explorer, backwoods canoeist, world traveller, scientist, popular lecturer, museum administrator, memoirist. Coleman was one of Canada’s most beloved scientists. "Geology was at once his vocation, his avocation and his recreation." (J.B. Tyrrell) There was always another mountain to climb; rock, clay and glacial till to examine. read more »
US coal peak production: Point and counterpoint
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Coal peak production has been a seriously debated topic for the past few years outside the coal-science community. "We hope to spur science-based discussions by membership of the coal geology and geology and health communities," said session co-chair Romeo Flores. read more »
Cutting down carbon dioxide emissions in India’s coal sector
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
A recent study, commissioned by Christian Aid and written by researchers from the Universities of Surrey and Edinburgh, reveals the prospects for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) technology in India. It examines whether CCS could be a suitable technology for cutting down India’s carbon dioxide emissions.  read more »
Mine analysis lab spends $22 million to keep pace with increasing demand
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Accelerating global demand for metal and minerals has moved British Columbia to the forefront of international mining research. ALS Laboratory Group, a long-time fixture on the B.C. mining scene, is celebrating the opening in North Vancouver of a new, $22-million facility that is the largest and most advanced rock and soil analysis lab in the world. read more »
Modern man a wimp says anthropologist
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Many prehistoric Australian aboriginals could have outrun world 100 and 200 meters record holder Usain Bolt in modern conditions. Some Tutsi men in Rwanda exceeded the current world high jump record of 2.45 meters during initiation ceremonies in which they had to jump at least their own height to progress to manhood. read more »
Proposed Amendments to Coal Resource Classification
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The South African National Standard – South African guide to the systematic evaluation of coal resources and coal reserves (SANS 10320:2004) is an excellent guideline for the classification of resources and reserves, and as such, is embodied in the SAMREC Code. read more »
Geothermal Power, Lithium Mining Two-in-One in California
Friday, October 09, 2009
Geothermal power plants can extract lithium from underground brine and sell it to battery makers. One geothermal project is turning to startup Simbol Mining to try it out read more »
Canadian Study Scrutinizes Carbon Capture
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
In the face of mounting support for clean coal and the billions being invested in carbon capture and storage, or C.C.S., technology, a new assessment from the University of Toronto’s Munk Center for International Studies has a stern warning for policy-makers: there could be dramatic unintended environmental consequences to sequestering huge amounts of carbon dioxide in the earth's mantle. read more »
B.C. Geological Survey E-newsletter
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
1. New Publications:
- Open File 2009-09 (Till Geochemistry);
- Information Circular 2009-04 (World Fluorspar Resources);
2. BCGS Open House: November 13, 2009;
3. Upcoming data releases.
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Monitoring faults could predict earthquakes: study
Thursday, October 02, 2009
Geologists working near California's San Andreas Fault have found a way to monitor the strength of a geologic fault — a finding which could be used to predict when a fault would fail and cause an earthquake. read more »
Coal-mining Hazard Resembles Explosive Volcanic Eruption, Study Shows
Friday, October 02, 2009
Worldwide, thousands of workers die every year from mining accidents, and instantaneous coal outbursts in underground mines are among the major killers. But although scientists have been investigating coal outbursts for more than 150 years, the precise mechanism is still unknown. read more »
October 2009 Geology and GSA Today highlights
Friday, October 02, 2009
Several papers in October's Geology describe fossil records: a fungal disaster species; single-celled sea-bottom-dwellers; trilobite soft tissues; fossil rainforests; Archean microbial mats; and pollen and freshwater algae. These records were recovered using varying methods: high sensitivity mass spectrometer, detailed exploratory fieldwork, biochemical analysis, and deep drill-coring. Additional papers cover geology and health hazards, erosion and climate, and tsunamis and sedimentation. GSA Today discusses what happens when increased atmospheric oxygenation interacts with naturally enriched uranium deposits. read more »
Canada's NI 43-101 - Change is in the Wind
Thursday, October 01, 2009
This article summarises the current reporting requirements and potential changes to Canada’s securities regulations, primarily National Instrument (NI) 43-101 (Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects) and its Companion Policy NI 43-101CP. read more »
Getting the GIS
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Though GIS has had a role to play in recent searches for mineral deposits, use of it in the exploration industry has been growing for several reasons. One of the obvious factors is that there are more tools available to help explorers effectively work within the GIS environment - conducting advanced geospatial analysis, and creating accurate, quality results. read more »
The Coal Conundrum
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Coal is depended on for a variety of processes. Whether it's electricity generation, steel production or conversion into liquid fuels, it is a fuel on which our society is very dependant. Clean coal will take time and money before it can proliferate. In order to meet the demands that industry and society impose coal needs to be mined quickly and efficiently. read more »
Managing Costs - Core Drilling
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sometimes the smallest products can make the biggest impact. While they don't carry $1 million price tags like some of the high technology capital equipment available on the market, coring consumables represent incremental cost over the life of a project that can save or lose a drilling contractor hundreds of thousands of dollars in ... read more »
To leach or not to leach?
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
In-situ leaching (ISL) or in-situ recovery was developed in the mid 1970s as a method for extracting uranium from typical roll-front type deposits located in water saturated permeable rocks that were not suitable for conventional mining. It was conceived independently in both the (former) USSR and the USA using similar approaches in engineering and technology. read more »
Steeling for a comeback
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
At the beginning of August, Macquarie Research described iron ore prices as being "in transition." Announcing "progress" in its 2009 iron ore price negotiations, BHP Billiton highlighted what it views as significant progress in the evolution away from iron ore pricing dominated by an annually negotiated benchmark price towards a "transparent" pricing system based on index (or spot pricing). read more »
The road to Grasberg
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Until Bechtel built the first road in the early 1970s, and Freeport Indonesia subsequently developed the area, subrivers were the only access inland to the foothills of the Jayawijaya mountain range on Irian Jaya that hosts what is arguably the greatest ore complex discovered in the world to date, the Grasberg and Ertsberg copper gold deposits. read more »
Where to BGAN?
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
For remote professionals in the mining industry, the need is growing rapidly for real-time information and remote-office connectivity. Personnel in the field require fast,dependable communications with operation centres in order to meet operating requirements and maximise efficiencies, Donnan explains. read more »
Kaftar Hona anthracite
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saddleback Corp was formed in 2004 and then established Saddleback Gold Corp in Tajikistan. It has offices in central London and in Dushanbe, the capital city of Tajikistan. The objective of SGC has been to build a diversified mining and exploration company by securing interests in mining and exploration projects in Tajikistan with a focus on coal and gold. read more »
Utah: New UGS Report Details History of Wasatch Fault Earthquakes
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
A recently completed study has found that a major earthquake struck the Wasatch Front between North Salt Lake and North Ogden about 500 years ago. The study, which focused on the Weber segment of the Wasatch fault zone, also found evidence of six earthquakes of magnitude 6.5 or greater recurring about every 1500 years. read more »
CCS all about finding the ‘right rocks’
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The Coal Tech 2009 conference, held on September 15-16th, hosted a range of presentations on technologies including carbon capture and storage (CCS); coal-to-liquids; underground coal gasification; and syngas.  read more »
B.C. Geological Survey E-newsletter
Thursday, October 01, 2009
· New Publications: Geoscience Map 2009-2 and Geofile 2008-8;
· Upcoming data releases;
· Survey news and announcements: Upcoming Open House;
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How precious metals may move from core to mantle of Earth
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
"Core-mantle interactions are a hotly debated topic," Hayden said. "Some scientists believe that there is no chemical interaction at all between the Earth's molten metal core and solid silicate mantle. Others believe they see signs of such interaction, but no mechanism or pathway has been found that could deliver metal atoms over distances of more than a few meters." read more »
Researchers Study Impacts of Coal Mining on Water Resources
Monday, August 31, 2009
As the federal government announces new plans to protect water resources, these research efforts are underway to provide objective scientific information to policy makers and to those involved in the debate surrounding mountaintop-removal and other forms of coal mining. read more »
Satellites unlock secret to Northern India's vanishing water
Friday, August 14, 2009
Using satellite data, UC Irvine and NASA hydrologists have found that groundwater beneath northern India has been receding by as much as 1 foot per year over the past decade – and they believe human consumption is almost entirely to blame. read more »
Geology of the Wolverine River Area, Peace River Coalfield, British Columbia, Canada
Monday, August 10, 2009
The Wolverine river area lies southwest of the town of Tumbler Ridge in northeastern British Columbia. The map area extends from Bullmoose creek in the north to the Murray river in the south, encompassing about 300 sq km of the Peace River coalfield. The Gething and the Gates formations of early Cretaceous age are the two main coal bearing formations in the area. read more »
The gold metallurgy of Isaac Newton
Monday, August 03, 2009
The science of metals had always appealed to Isaac Newton and when, after the conclusion of his remarkable contributions to mathematics and physics, he was invited to take charge of the Royal Mint in London he was able not only to display his great gifts as an administrator but also to exercise his interest in metals and alloys and particularly in the metallurgy of gold. read more »
Gold metallurgy in the Twelfth Century
Monday, August 03, 2009
The simple basic properties of gold – its colour, great malleability and ductility, and its immunity from oxidation even on melting – were well known in the ancient civilizations. In prehistoric times, in Egypt, Babylon and other lands of the Near East, the fabrication of gold articles was equally well understood, as the many brief references throughout the Old Testament establish. read more »
Ice at the North Pole in 1958 and 1959 - not so thick
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
What would NSIDC and our media make of a photo like this if released by the Navy today? Would we see headlines like "North Pole Now Open Water"? Or maybe "Global warming melts North Pole"? Perhaps we would. Sensationalism is all the rage these days. If it melts it makes headlines. Thumbnail: SSN-578, surfaced at the North Pole, 17 March 1959. read more »
From Kashmir to Pamir
Friday, July 24, 2009
Summer 2006: Gemmological expedition report to Ruby, Emerald and Spinel mining areas in Central Asia. Part 1: Pakistan: The Central Asian capital of the gemstone trade; Part 2: Afghanistan: Land of beautiful gems and unique people; Part 3: Tajikistan: Gems from the Pamirs; Part 4: China (Xin Jiang): Emeralds from the silk road. read more »
California Gold Rush
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I. The Great Discovery - II. By Sea to the Golden Land - III. Ho for California! The Overland Trek IV. Via the Isthmus - V. Gold Mania Satirized - VI. The Miners' Ten Commandments VII.The World Rushed In: Part I, Part II - VIII. An Instant City: Sacramento - IX.The Northern Mines X. Scenes in the Life of the California Miner - XI. Making a Pile - XII. Mining Companies  read more »
Welcome to our moon
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Two geologists were charged with recreating the moon in Arizona using high explosives, and teaching geology to Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. They were at mission control when the Eagle landed – monitoring Armstrong's heartbeat. read more »
The 12 Moonwalkers: Where Are They Now?
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Senator Schmitt is a geologist who was involved in NASA’s Apollo space program. He was the lunar module pilot of the Apollo 17 mission and is the only scientist ever to travel to the moon. read more »
Time-Series Photos From Space of Aral Sea Death
Monday, July 13, 2009
The destruction of the Aral Sea is one of the great engineering disasters of the 20th century, a mistake on a scale so vast that photographs from space are needed to capture it. read more »
The Arid Device
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Industry and governmental agencies have known for years that the water quality in the Powder River Basin coals is quite good. In fact, CBM produced water has greatly enhanced livestock operations, through the development of watering areas in previously unused or under-used pastures.  read more »
A contribution to understanding the effect of blue fluorescence on the appearance of diamonds
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Some gem diamonds fluoresce, most commonly blue, to the concentrated long-wave ultraviolet radiation of a UV lamp. There is a perception in the trade that this fluorescence has a negative effect on the overall appearance of such a diamond. Visual observation experiments were conducted to study this relationship. read more »
Comstock Lode
Friday, July 03, 2009
Nevada’s Comstock lode, America’s first great silver-mining district, was mired in fraud and corruption for the first half-century of its existence. read more »
Mining salaries in Australia & New Zealand
Monday, June 29, 2009
Hays Resources & Mining published a new salary survey pertaining to the Australian mining industry: market changes, positions in demand, salary movements, changes to employer recruitment practices. read more »
Frack Attack - Drilling Technique Under Scrutiny
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Four years after a widely used but controversial oil and gas production technology was exempted from federal regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act, Congress is taking another look at the process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. read more »
Orapa Pioneer Hopes for Another Big Find in Ngamiland
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
One of the trailblazers in the 1970s discovery of Orapa Diamond Mine hopes to duplicate the historic feat with another huge find in western Ngamiland. read more »
Geology arrives in Nye County
Monday, June 15, 2009
When, in 1879, the U.S. Geological Survey was organized, Clarence King, leader of one of the Great Surveys, was chosen as its first director. One of King's first acts was to telegraph Samuel F. Emmons, who had been one of King's principal assistants on his big survey. Emmons was both a "cowboy," able to "ride, rope, and brand with the best of them," and a geologist. read more »
Thank Goodness There's a Physicist in the Cabinet
Monday, June 01, 2009
When Rep. Joe Barton asked the Nobel Prize winning Energy Secretary, Dr. Steven Chu, where oil comes from - he got a puzzling answer.  read more »
Alaska's largest gold nuggets
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Travel the old mining camps, enjoy the outdoors and stay safe – don’t forget to pack a lever action big bore brush rifle or a 12 ga shotgun.  read more »
Electronic Journal on California Gold Rush and Gold Mining
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Sierra College Press has published an electronic journal on the California Gold Rush and Gold Mining. This eJournal is the latest edition of Snowy Range Reflections: A Journal of Sierra Nevada History and Biography. read more »
Coal through a microscope
Monday, May 11, 2009
If you think that coal is a boring black rock then you have never seen it through a transmitted light microscope. The microscope reveals coal's hidden beauty as well as its composition. read more »
Princeton geoscientist offers new evidence that meteorite did not wipe out dinosaurs
Monday, May 04, 2009
A Princeton University geoscientist who has stirred controversy with her studies challenging a popular theory that an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs has compiled powerful new evidence asserting her position. read more »
USGS releases bear safety fact sheet
Monday, May 04, 2009
A bear spray safety program for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was officially initiated by the Firearms Safety Committee to address accident prevention and to promote personnel training in bear spray and its transportation, storage, and use for defense against wild animals. read more »
Opal Mining & Prospecting in NSW
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
So you feel like going out for fire opals in New South Wales? Then you better behave ‘cause the Big Brother’s watching you. read more »
Pyrophoricity of PRB coals - considerations for coalbed methane development
Friday, April 03, 2009
Natural coal fires along coal outcrops in the Powder River Coal Field or Powder River Basin have occurred throughout the more recent geologic history of the area. Researchers using modern fission-track dating techniques on the baked and fused rock associated with ancient fires have dated in-place coal burn areas as old as middle Pliocene ... read more »
Assessing Acquisitions
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Mining companies may be having a hard time attracting investment for their projects; however this time has also created opportunities for companies with a good balance sheet. read more »
The importance of met accounts
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
'We all think we know how to do it until something goes disastrously wrong and we realise we never really did know what we were doing to start with.' read more »
Alternative oil
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Oil shale is a fine-grained sedimentary rock, which contains large amounts of kerogen (a solid mixture of organic chemical compounds), from which technology can extract liquid hydrocarbons. Similar to coal, it can be used directly as a fuel, or chemical processes can convert this kerogen in the oil shale to synthetic crude oil. read more »
What lies beneath?
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Athabasca deposits in Canada are to date the world’s only oil sands mining area, yet with what is now an uncertain market with fluctuating oil prices many expansion and development projects have been put on hold. read more »
Problems in 'Void' Detection in Coal Mine Water Hazards
Friday, March 13, 2009
One of the most dangerous events in underground coal mining is unexpectedly encountering water inrushes from undetected abandoned mines in the same seam. read more »
Passive Magnetic Resonance Subsurface Exploration Technology
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Here is some information sent to us by Mr. Mykola Novik, a Ukrainian scientist, about an 'innovative technology of non-invasive subsurface investigations'. read more »
Coal Mine Wages: 2008 CostMine Summary
Monday, March 02, 2009
Just received is the 2008 Survey Results U.S. Coal Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits from CostMine. There is an enormous amount of data in this new survey. read more »
Survey of Mining Companies 2008/2009: Gloomy outlook for global mining industry
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The global economic slowdown has cast a pall over the mining industry with the vast majority of mining executives saying they expect a severe pull back in exploration activity and at least 30 per cent of exploration companies going out of business ... read more »
Exploration Drilling
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
When exploration comes back, it will likely be with a bang. John Chadwick and Daniel Gleeson examine some of the technologies to look for. read more »
Sampling and Analysis
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
New ideas and technologies in sampling and XRF analysis - quicker and more accurate results. read more »
Man-made earthquake?
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Did dam trigger the devastating 2008 Sichuan quake? read more »
Roundup 2009: International successes
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
It is always good, not to mention fascinating, to hear about geologists and companies that pursued their dreams in some remote locations and were able to come up with new mineral deposits in a short period of time (18 to 24 months). read more »
Roundup 2009: Commodities review
Wednesday, February 02, 2009
2009 gold prices would average $945; at the end of 2009 gold prices would be close to $995; and, a 2010 average was forecasted at $1,050. read more »
Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Discussions with staff and students from the Northwest Community College on learning for and working in the BC mining industry read more »
Pamela Mikolayczyk, Gitxsan First Nation
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
An interview with Pamela Makolayczyk on possible benefits to the Gitxsan First Nation if exploration and mining can be successful in their territory.  read more »
Roundup 2009: Mineral exploration in glacial drift country
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Large areas of Canada are covered by a thick layer of glacial sediments that mask the underlying geology and filter and mix the very little signals that manage to come to the surface. read more »
Exploration Salaries
Monday, January 26, 2009
The start of Roundup prompts us to look at exploration salaries world-wide. Luckily there is the CostMine survey "Exploration Salaries, Wages & Benefits" to help us do this. read more »
Internet Roundup
Monday, January 26, 2009
A description of what is said on the Internet about the annual Roundup conference in Vancouver that focuses on mineral exploration read more »
Trapped water cause of regular tremors under Vancouver Island
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
University of British Columbia researchers are offering the first compelling evidence to explain regular tremors under Vancouver Island. read more »
Uranium Mining the Grand Canyon
Friday, December 12, 2008
The Grand Canyon is uranium country. It is also great vacation country. A move by the Bush administration to limit Congress’s power to prevent mining on public land makes me wonder if soon-to-be out-of-work Republicans are not more interested in vacation property than mining property. read more »
Justinian’s Gold Mines
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
During his reign the emperor Justinian has spent over 314 tonnes of gold. Where all this gold came from? Where are the mines that were able to produce that much gold?  read more »
(Hydro)Geology, Cows and Medicine – A Novel Approach to Mining
Thursday, November 13, 2008
In 1874, Jules Verne published an amusing little story that highlights the invigorating effects of a then little known gas... read more »
Antarctica’s Hidden World
Friday, October 24, 2008
No better place to unveil mysteries than the remote continent of Antarctica, and no better team to unlock secrets hidden by kilometers thick ice sheets than the British Antarctic Survey. read more »
World Prospects - Tin
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Chinese, Bolivian, Egyptian and Tasmanian tin projects are featured in this IM article. read more »
Geology of Solution Mining of Potash
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
In undertaking an exploration project, the first task of the geologist is to estimate the quality and amount of potash contained within the exploration lease or permit. read more »
On the Field
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology offers you advise on what a geologist is expected to do while on a field trip ... read more »
The Mammoth Story
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
"Evidence of people hunting mammoths has been found in many parts of the United States dating mostly around 11,000 years ago..." read more »
The World's Richest Silver Mine
Monday, August 25, 2008
The mine has a history that goes back to 1554 and still manages to produce about 33 million ounces silver per year ... read more »
'For the world, our country, and the Navy - the North Pole'
Friday, August 08, 2008
The latest Arctic maritime boundaries and jurisdictions map highlights the potential for conflict over the world's last frontier. read more »
Unveiling DRC's Gems
Monday, July 28, 2008
BRC DiamondCore's projects comprise both prospective alluvial gravels and primary kimberlite targets. read more »
NI 43-101 - Some Tricks and Traps
Monday, July 28, 2008
Issuers are still sometimes running into problems when using the terms 'feasibility study' and 'preliminary (or pre-) feasibility study. read more »
Great Scientists: Dr. Gavin Lamont
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Dr. Gavin Lamont, the geologist who led the decade long search for the diamond mines of Botswana was a firm believer that mines were to be found not by spending time in town or office, but by "boots on the ground", and careful observation. read more »
Blood Diamonds in Venezuela?
Monday, June 30, 2008
"Venezuela’s diamond deposits are all located within Bolivar state, a large, mineral-rich, thinly-populated province south of the Orinoco River, bordered to the east and south by Guyana and Brazil respectively." read more »
SNAP Data Collection Solutions
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
If you collect a lot of data in the field, you may want to take a look at SNAP! Data Collection Solutions from JRP Solutions. Here is what the company says about this tool. read more »
Kurile Islands' Menacing Volcanoes
Monday, June 02, 2008
Geologists, volcanologists, meteorologists and airline pilots are equally concerned in understanding, predicting and avoiding hazards generated by volcanic eruptions. read more »
Motherlode or Chemically Mobilized Gold II
Monday, June 09, 2008
Human beings are prone to forget – ancient cities and civilizations got buried by sand or dust only to be re-discovered centuries later; legends of rich lost mines abound around the world. read more »
Phosphate and Potash Mining
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Fertilizers are a key factor in sustaining the world's agricultural output. They supply nutrients that are needed by all plants for normal growth, development and health... read more »
Bringing Back the Sunshine
Friday, May 23, 2008
Sterling Mining Co, one of the world's few primary silver producers, strenghtened its status by restoring the Sunshine mine in North Idaho's 'Silver Valley' to production, reports John Chadwick. read more »
Undersea Mining
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Recent developments in undersea mining are being examined by John Chadwick in his technical article. read more »
Motherlode or Chemically Mobilized Gold?
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
You found some 1/2 oz nuggets but there is no source in sight. Where is the elusive motherlode? How did the gold get in there? Find some of the answers by reading the article. read more »
Bingham - Past 100, but not 'Past It'
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon has produced more copper ore, 18.1 Mt, than any mine in the world. Because it is a long life, low-cost operation, continues to be one of Rio Tinto’s most profitable and productive assets.  read more »
Mars Exploration and Geology - Images, Animations and Models
Friday, April 04, 2008
"Since 'tis certain that Earth and Jupiter have their Water and Clouds, there is no reason why the other Planets should be without them" - Christian Huygens, 1698 read more »
Paleoseismology - Ancient Tsunamis and Earthquakes
Thursday, March 27, 2008
"Liquefaction has been observed in earthquakes for many years. In fact, written records dating back hundreds and even thousands of years describe earthquake effects that are now known to be associated with liquefaction." - University of Washington, College of Engineering read more »
Hydrogeochemical Investigations of Historic Mining Districts
Thursday, March 20, 2008
What kind of geochemical background noise can you expect when exploring a historic mining district? Check out the paper for answers. read more »
Establishing the Feasibility of Your Proposed Mining Venture
Monday, March 17, 2008
Project evaluations of mineral deposits are necessary for mineral rights, owners and investors alike. A feasibility study provides a definitive technical, environmental and commercial base and is the key element leading to a decision to invest or not to invest. read more »
Metal Prices for Geologists
Friday, February 29, 2008
Bull Market is a random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius. Bear Market is a 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry and the husband gets nothing. read more »
Geophysical Technologies to Image Old Mine Works
Monday, March 10, 2008
The presence of old mine works above, adjacent, or below an active mine presents major health and safety hazards to miners who have inadvertently cut into locations with such features. In addition, the presence of abandoned mines beneath roadways has a great impact on the performance of the transportation infrastructure ... read more »
Gold, Garimpeiros and Maroons
Friday, March 07, 2008
...the interior of Suriname is still in some ways comparable to the Wild West, particulary because of the total absence of any kind of government authority in the region. Almost all the Brazilians and Maroons are armed with pistols, rifles and here and there machine guns. read more »
Exploring Africa's Gold Belts
Friday, February 08, 2008
John Chadwick details a junior's exploration program of the Twangiza-Namoya gold belt - the last known major undeveloped gold belt in Africa. Check out the LiDAR applications. read more »
Exploration Drilling, Sampling and Surveying
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Some of the changes in the rapid evolving technology sector have been around for a while and were featured by GeoMine over a year ago. Some others are new and innovative advances. Check them out. read more »
Mineral deposits of Botswana
Thursday, February 07, 2008
The mineral landscape of Botswana is far from one-dimensional, however, diamonds continue to drive the nation’s economy and attract international investment ahead of any other commodity. Chris Cann reports. read more »
Mining for Talent
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
As the talent pool in the mineral exploration and mining industries starts to dry up, the mineral resource sector is developing a comprehensive strategy to address the dire labour shortage facing the industry. read more »
Geoscience BC Releases Initial Results From Exploration Project in Central B.C.’s Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation Area
Monday, January 28, 2008
Mineral claim staking in central B.C. area has skyrocketed in anticipation of the release of initial results from the $5 million QUEST mineral exploration project – the largest mineral exploration geoscience project of its kind in the province. read more »
Israel’s 2007 Diamond Trade Figures Best Ever
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Israel’s diamond trade figures for 2007 showed a substantial rise in all areas, making 2007 the best year ever for the Israeli Diamond Industry. read more »
Inferred Resources
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Most of us involved in the minerals industry are well aware of the definition of an Inferred Mineral Resource as described in the South African Code for Reporting of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (SAMREC Code). read more »
Mineral Assay Result Transparency Benefits Companies, Investors
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Applied Ecosystem Services, Inc,, the advanced-technology environmental consultants, announces the availability of AssayWatch(SM), a mineral assay storage system read more »
Boka Gold
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
By now you must have read the news that Southwestern Resources is suing its ex-CEO for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and insider trading after realizing that he altered assay results from the Boka Gold project in China. read more »
Mining and Mineral Exploration Videos
Friday, June 22, 2007
Everybody likes to go to a conference. In the good old days, a conference ended with a volume of printed papers. I was always thrilled to carry home the proceedings. Now there is another way. AM Productions is producing videos of selected conference presentations. read more »
Man-Made Earthquakes IV
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice." William Durant  read more »
Man-Made Earthquakes III
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
...a long string of tremors accompanied by blast sounds have been noticed in the area. Seismological observatories built close to the dam reported that the hypocenters were found to be at shallow depth beneath the reservoir. read more »
Labradorite, Aurora Borealis Entombed in Stone
Monday, April 23, 2007
The name Labradorite comes from the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, which is a famous locality for the stone. The mineral was discovered by Moravian missionaries at Ford Harbour read more »
Man-Made Earthquakes II
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Australia is blessed with really hot rocks, but their location in the middle of the continent makes power distribution more challenging. At the same time, it creates a comfort zone for geothermal power producers - a sparse population means no vocal opposition to geothermal induced seismicity.  read more »
Man-Made Earthquakes
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Basel, northern Switzerland. December 9, 2006 – An earthquake hit just before 6 p.m. People ran for shelter. The Canton Basel prosecutor launched an investigation to find the persons responsible for triggering the earthquake. read more »
Mining Fraud
Monday, March 26, 2007
Mining Fraud and Mining Investment from the Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources, Division of Minerals provides links to papers and sites on mining fraud. read more »
Mining Labs
Friday, March 23, 2007
At every stage of mining, a lab is needed to test some sample or other. During exploration there are soil and rock samples to test, during production there are metallurgical and environmental samples to test read more »
Silver Deposits - Carbonate Replacement Deposits
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
“We built a small, rude cabin in the side of the crevice and roofed it with canvas, leaving a corner open to serve as a chimney, through which the cattle used to tumble occasionally, at night, and mash our furniture and interrupt our sleep." read more »
Venmyn Valuation
Friday, March 02, 2007
Additional perspectives on the use of the JORC, SAMREC, and Valmin, codes for reporting on the valuation of mineral properties read more »
Silver Deposits – Low Sulphidation Epithermal Vein Deposits
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
"On one occasion, being in Tlaltenango with a group of Spaniards, he was shown a piece of ore of some promise, and asked the local Indians where it came from. On being told, he led out an expedition consisting of Indian slaves, and Spaniards ..." read more »
Oil Sands Geostatistics
Monday, February 12, 2007
The Canadian Institute of Mining’s CIM Magazine follows a delightful approach to presenting high quality technical papers: it simply does not present them. read more »
Data Metallogenica
Monday, February 05, 2007
Probably the most extraordinary website I have yet come across is Data Metallogenica on-line read more »
Roadside Geology
Friday, February 02, 2007
I own eleven of the Roadside Geology books. One of my ambitions is to own all thirty or more. It is not the possession of more books that interests and excites me.  read more »
Monday, January 29, 2007
“They produce the best quality stuff in the industry.” I would not know—and have no personal opinion about the quality of the product. This quote is from an old antagonist against whom I argue much, with whom I generally disagree, but whose opinion I always respect. read more »
Silver Deposits - Analysis & Metallurgy
Thursday, January 19, 2007
The method selection for silver analysis and the art and science of extracting silver metal from silver minerals... read more »
Madagascar Mining
Thursday, January 18, 2007
A summary of an article from the New Yorker, October 2, 2006:
Burkhard Bilger writes about the gem industry in Madagascar, which has some of the richest, and least exploited, gem deposits on earth
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Silver Deposits - Geochemistry
Friday, January 05, 2007
Silver is an intriguing chemical element with lots of unique characteristics, properties and uses - including the folklore use as an antidote to vampires and a prime material for silver bullets.  read more »
Monday, January 03, 2007
I am sure the irony is unintended, but it is glaring nonetheless. In an otherwise sober piece in International Mining on an orebody in Katanga, Tenke takes off, there is a beautiful picture of a railyard chock full of rolling stock. read more »
Silver Deposits - The Market
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
It doesn’t happen too often for silver, the beautiful Cinderella of precious metals, to occupy the first place in the hearts and minds of geologists, metallurgists, geochemists... read more »
MMI Geochemistry – Exploration
Friday, December 01, 2006
Most of the world’s shallow or outcropping mineral deposits have already been discovered. The search for buried deposits...  read more »
Deep-Sea Mining and Exploration
Monday, November 6, 2006
A few decades ago the prospect of offshore gas and oil production looked more like a Vernian fantasy. Nowadays, a large share of world’s oil and gas production come from the bottom of the seas. What about minerals? read more »
Geochemical Soil Gas Sampling - GORE Survey
Friday, October 20, 2006
Buried ore bodies, with depositional environments that create oxidation, reduction, or electrochemical processes, can be imaged using... read more »
Letseng-la-Terae: The 603 Carat Lesotho Promise Diamond
Friday, October 13, 2006
Letseng is a mine best described by superlatives. At 3,100 m altitude it is the world's highest diamond mine; at just over 2 carats per 100 tones (cpht) it is the world’s lowest grade kimberlite mine; at over $1,200 a carat it has the world's highest average cost per carat... read more »
Historic Mining District Exploration
Monday, October 2, 2006
The recent merger and acquisition frenzy which affects the industry clearly indicates that chances of finding a good mineral deposit are pretty slim in comparison with the certitude of acquiring one... read more »
Point and Shoot for Results
Monday, September 25, 2006
Hand-held portable X-Ray Fluorescence analyzers provide on–the–spot elemental analyses of samples, ores, cores, soils, tailings and concentrates... read more »
Hyperspectral Technology - Exploration
Monday, September 11, 2006
Airborne hyperspectral remote sensing, a result of the integration of optical remote sensing and traditional spectroscopic technologies... read more »
Australian Offshore Mineral Map - Diamond Rush
Thursday, September 7, 2006
A superb initiative of the Australian Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources and the Minister for Education, Science and Training materialized on August 10, 2006 with the launching of the first offshore mineral map. read more »
Toponymic Research
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Toponymic research represents a source of information which is largely ignored in the planning process of a reconnaissance program. Toponym means a place name, a name derived from a place or region. But who named these places anyway?  read more »
Seismic Exploration
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
A cost saving application of seismic reflection at a deposit scale comes from the De Beers’ Snap Lake diamondiferous kimberlite dyke located in Northwest Territories, Canada. read more »
Indicator Plants
Monday, May 15, 2006
In 1556, the first comprehensive book on prospecting and mining, Agricola’s De Re Metalica stated that: ”... there are trees whose foliage in spring-time has a bluish or leaden tint, the upper branches more especially being tinged with black or with any other unnatural colour ..." read more »
Falcon vs. Air-FTG - Flight of the Zeppelin
Thursday, March 23, 2006
In 1666, Sir Isaac Newton, watching an apple fall from a tree, identified a previously unknown force that governs the laws of physics on Earth and beyond, namely gravity. read more »
Drilling for Meteorites
Monday, March 13, 2006
A golden meteorite was about to strike the Earth. A huge crowd followed its smoky trail, embarking on a new kind of gold rush. read more »