Field Notes
Aug. 1, 2013

APGO 2012 Annual Conference and AGM
Held on June 13 in Toronto, APGO's annual conference and AGM received very positive reviews from the over 160 attendees, many of whom responded to an on-line survey. 91.7 per cent of respondents reported that the event met their expectations with 94.4 per cent indicating that the format was either excellent (36.1 per cent) or good (58.3 per cent).


Speed mentoring session at the AGM
Milan Situm, P.Geo.
One of the sponsored activities during the past AGM in June was a speed mentoring session. Firstly I would like to thank the PDAC for sponsoring this session by reserving the room for the morning. We had 28 students show up and they were greeted by myself and five veteran members. We provided breakfast and lunch to all. I would like to thank Della Berwanger, Bruce Hietkamp, Geoffrey Chinn, Robert Tossel and Wally Rayner for their participation.More

Resources for acid rock drainage
Paul Gann, P.Geo.
Former exploration and mine sites have been left producing ARD/MRD. As professionals we have grappled with this for a long time. Recently while doing a web search for information, I came across a website dedicated to this problem. I recommend to all from all levels of experience, to visit this website and use this information to assist you in your work.More

Moss Lake PEA posits $440 million cash flow
Canadian Mining Journal
Moss Lake Gold Mines of Toronto says the preliminary economic analysis of its Moss Lake gold property 100 kilometres west of Thunder Bay point toward a project that will have an after tax cash flow of $440 million during a 10-year mine life. The project is estimated to have a net present value of $196 million at a 5 per cent discount rate after taxes. More

Promoting mining careers to youth
Kenora Online
A new website has been developed with the goal of getting youth in the region interested in a career in mining. Oshki-Pimache-O-Win has developed the website, which includes videos, pictures and a game. Oshki-Pimache-O-Win e-learning coordinator Gordon Kakegamic says their goal was to appeal to a younger audience. More

First quantitative insights into electron transfer from minerals to microbes
Nano Werk
Scientists have gained the first quantitative insights into electron transfer from minerals to microbes by studying that transfer in a nature-inspired, protein and iron-based nanoparticle system. Iron plays a crucial role in environmental biogeochemistry. It readily exchanges electrons with microbes, transforming from more soluble Fe(II) to less soluble Fe(III). By studying that exchange, researchers better understand iron cycling in the environment and how iron cycling, carbon cycling, and microbial activities are connected. More

Are gold equities on the cusp of an upswing?
It is like a carrot on a stick for small-cap mining investors: the promise that we have finally hit bottom and prices will rise again for gold and mining stocks. That time is almost here, according to Ron Struthers, the publisher and editor of Struthers' Resource Stock Report. If Struthers' forecast is right, the gold market could be on the cusp of one of its best corrections yet.More

General Announcement
The 2013 Photo Competition was a success! Congratulations to the winners and thank you all who participated. See the results here.More

Introducing the New and Enhanced Field Notes
We are pleased to welcome you to the new Field Notes, hosted by and now published on a weekly basis. The APGO strives to keep its members informed and by collaborating with MultiView, it has realized a higher potential for delivering timely news. We welcome any feedback you may have at More

Meet the APGO 2013-2014 Council
APGO's 20 member Council governs the association. New President, Andrew Cheatle welcomes two new members to Council, Ben Berger and Bob Morrison who won their regional elections. APGO Council is looking forward to having a representative of the Council of Chairs of Canadian Earth Science Departments appointed by the end of the summer.More

How quakes trigger methane stores
IOL SciTech
Earthquakes can rip open sub-sea pockets of methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, according to a study by German and Swiss scientists. Quake-caused methane should be added to the list of heat-trapping carbon emissions that affect the world's climate system, although the scale of this contribution remains unclear, they said.More

'Ultra-high purity' graphite concentrate revealed from Molo
Proactive Investors USA & Canada
Shares of Energizer Resources almost doubled recently after reporting greater than 99.9 per cent graphitic carbon from a finished concentrate of its Molo flake graphite deposit in Madagascar, completed as part of a series of preliminary metallurgical tests to enhance both the operating and capital costs presented in an economic study from January. More