Field Notes
Jul. 3, 2014

Thank you!
APGO would like to thank everyone who attended the 12th Annual General Meeting & Conference on June 12th at One King West, Toronto. We will follow up with a write up on the highlights of the event. It's coming soon! More

Congratulations to Gary Vivian, P.Geo.
The Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario congratulates Gary Vivian, P.Geo., a geoscientist from Northwest Territories and Nunavut for receiving this year's Geoscientist of Canada award from Geoscientists Canada. Please see the press release. More

An upcoming Abitibi-Huronian Metallogenic Transect: September 15-19, 2014
Mineral Exploration Research Centre, Laurentian University
The transect will focus on precious and base metal mineralization and the relationship to stratigraphy, lithologies, alteration and structure within the Archean Abitibi Greenstone belt and the overlying Proterozoic Cobalt Embayment. The transect is specifically designed for industry professionals and is led by experts from Academia, Government and Industry.

• Cost $2200 plus HST (minus MERC member discount where applicable); includes meals, accommodations and field travel
• Limited to a maximum of 20 participants
• Register with Charlotte Mosher; Email:; Phone: 705-675-1151 ext. 2280More

Canada identifies top rare earth projects
A parliamentary report says half of globe's known rare earth reserves are in Canada and China's deposits could be worked out within three decades. Canadian industry want to secure 20 per cent of global supply by 2018. At the moment China produces some 90 per cent of the world's rare earths — used in a variety of industries including green technology, defence systems and consumer electronics — and also consumes the bulk of global production.More

Report: Energy, mining projects could create thousands of jobs
CBC News
A report commissioned by the Alward government suggests five proposed energy and mining projects could bring $8.6 billion worth of investments to the province and thousands of new jobs if they proceed. The report, released recently, says shale gas development, the proposed Energy East pipeline, the Canaport Energy East Marine Terminal, the conversion of the Canaport LNG terminal into an export facility, and the Sisson Brook tungsten and molybdenum mine projects could transform the provincial economy.More

Red Lake gold explorer seals deal on property acquisition
Northern Ontario Business
Laurentian Goldfields announced recently that it has closed the acquisition of the Newman-Madsen Property from Sabina Gold & Silver at Red Lake in northwestern Ontario. The Vancouver gold digger now possesses a huge land package of more than 5,000 hectares which includes the existing high-grade Madsen Gold Project.More

Springwater approves new engineering standards
Springwater council has approved the incorporation of low impact development (LID) engineering standards for all future subdivision development storm-water designs. LID controls are used to manage rain and melt water as a valuable resource rather than as a natural waste material which must be received by a surface water body. Traditionally, development designs were based on the most efficient way to direct rainwater from hard surfaces, such as roofs and roads, into a storm-water pond with limited regard to the impact on groundwater resources. More

Kirkland Lake Gold unveils new 3-year plan
The Northern Miner
A new three-year mine plan for fiscal years 2015-2017 has Kirkland Lake Gold focusing on grade over tonnage and margin over production. The strategy envisages ore tonnages remaining steady at 1,150-1,250 tons per day. But ounces will increase due to higher grades coming from the South Mine Complex as the 5400, 5600 and 5900 levels are opened up and mined over the ensuing years, the company said.More

Why does the Don Valley Parkway flood? Geology, hydrology, urban development
The Weather Network
The situation was so "classic" that it was instantly recognizable. Staring down a line of ominous dark grey, rain-laden clouds that stretched across the entire Greater Toronto Area, moving slowly down from the north towards the lake shore, one thought crossed the mind: It wouldn't be too long before social media would be lighting up with reports that the south end of Toronto's Don Valley Parkway was flooded. More

Water level drop expected to hit property values on Great Lakes
Business News Network
Mud, muck and rocks where lake water once rippled. Tall reeds so dense that turtles and birds die trying to make their way out of the vegetation. These are some of the effects of lower water levels in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region, and if the trend continues, residential property values in Ontario municipalities near the shores could take a hit worth $976 million by 2050, according to a new Mowat Centre study.More

Researchers study undergraduate field education
In the most recent issue of GSA Today, Heather Petcovic of Western Michigan University and colleagues Alison Stokes and Joshua Caulkins examine the question of geoscientists' perceptions of the value of undergraduate field education. Despite being perceived as integral to both geoscience learning and professional preparation, little research exists on the types of field experiences that carry the most value.More

Upcoming 2014 courses and workshops at Laurentian University
Goodman School of Mines
There are a number of exciting and educational courses and workshops coming up at Laurentian University's Goodman School of Mines.More

Tesla Gigafactory could be boon for graphite, lithium, cobalt
Seeking Alpha
Tesla Motors makes the most sought-after electric cars in the world. Those cars run on advanced electric batteries and Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to build them in America. Tesla has dubbed its $5 billion pet project, the "Gigafactory," and it could be up and running by 2017, prompting the need for battery-grade materials like graphite, lithium and cobalt. More

Iron ore price: It's all about grade now
Iron ore is down 30 per cent this year and after a relatively quiet 2013, market volatility is back with a vengeance. The market was jolted in March of this year, when iron ore suffered the worst one-day decline since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, cratering 8.3 per cent in a single session. The recovery from there was swift, but two months later the market was back in panic mode with a quick decline to double digits.More

Platinum price answers may be found in underground Swiss vaults
Financial Post
Underground vaults next to a Swiss farming village may reveal one reason for the platinum market's indifference to its biggest ever supply shock. Most analysts and market players expected steep price increases for the precious metal as a record five month mining strike in South Africa, which ended recently, wiped out some 40 per cent of the global supply.More