Field Notes
Oct. 2, 2014

APGO Highlights CIM's 2014 Best Geological Paper
APGO is very pleased to have been granted permission by The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) to share with its members the geological paper entitled "Structure, Stratigraphy, U-Pb Geochronology and Alteration Characteristics of Gold Mineralization at the Detour Lake Gold Deposit, Ontario, Canada." This paper is a result of a collaborative work of geoscience professionals who have spent many years of their careers in the exploration industry. The paper, published in 2012, was awarded the 2014 Barlow Medal for the Best Geological Paper at CIM's 2014 Convention in May in Vancouver.More

APGO will be at the 2014 Ontario Exploration Geoscience Symposium
APGO will be one of the exhibitors at the 2014 Ontario Exploration Geoscience Symposium this coming November 4-5 in Sudbury. Please click on the link below for details on the symposium hosted by the Ontario Prospectors' Association. More

Ontario funds mine safety, productivity projects to the tune of $900,000
Sun News Network
Two local research organizations received almost $900,000 in funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund recently for projects aimed at making mining safer for workers and more economically viable. Premier Kathleen Wynne said about $784,000 will go to the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation to help develop a mobile canopy system that will make it safer for workers to tunnel into ore bodies and will almost triple the rate at which they do it.More

New group seeks more women in mining
Timmins Times
Timmins will soon be hearing more from an organization that is determined to populate the ranks of the traditional mining industry; one that is still dominated by men. The group, Women in Mining, which has been active in Sudbury for the past five years, is now expanding to include other mining communities such as Timmins. This is no feminist thing. This is hard cold economics. Canada's mining industry is facing a growing shortage of skilled young workers and the experts say more people are needed sooner rather than later.More

Canadian miners struggle amid over-supply, price collapse
The Globe and Mail
The mining industry is flooded. Years of expensive expansions have left the market awash with iron ore, metallurgical coal and copper. For more than a decade, China's growing economy fuelled the bull market in commodities. Mining companies spent billions on acquisitions and new projects around the world, adding waves of new supply to keep the country's steel mills and factories humming.More

KWG lining up Ring of Fire strategic partner
Northern Ontario Business
KWG Resources revealed it has two offers on the table for off-take agreements to advance its Ring of Fire chromite project. The Toronto-based junior miner made headlines recently when it announced it was engaged in discussions with Cliffs Natural Resources, and was arranging the necessary financing, to acquire the Ohio mining giant's chromite properties in the James Bay region. New management at Cliffs want to rid the company of all money-losing, non-core international assets. KWG has two chromite properties in its stable: the Black Horse and the Big Daddy, the latter with which it holds a 30 per cent stake in a litigious relationship with Cliffs.More

Young workers lining up for lucrative, 'hands-on' mining jobs
CBC News
Young people are turning to the mining and mineral exploration industry to land what they perceive is a well-paying job and a chance to do hands-on work. The executive director at Laurentian University's Goodman School of Mines said he's noticed more students interested in mining and geology. "People increasingly are seeing it as a good job to get. As a wage sector, it's much higher than a lot of other sectors," Bruce Jago said. The Mining Association of Canada reports mining is the highest paid industry of all industrial sectors in Canada.More

Orillia council committee approves $40,000 study of brownfield
Orillia Packet
The city is looking at a new way to put a stop to the chemicals leeching from its infamous West Street brownfield. "The ministry has told us that at some point in time, they're going to require us to put some sort of measurement in place to stop the migrating off site," Andrew Schell, the city's director of environmental services, said following the recent council committee meeting. "Ultimately, the sooner we act... the less contamination."More

Science first
Ottawa Community News
The University of Ottawa recently welcomed the president of the Federal Republic Germany Joachim Gauck to the school's new Advanced Research Lab. The stop was one of the president's first stops in Ottawa during his and his partner's three-day tour of Canada. Vice president of research at the university, Mona Nemer said the school has strong ties with Germany, particularly in geochemistry and photonics. More

An under-sea world of peaks, canyons and volcanoes
The Telegraph
Until now, scientists had better maps of the surface of Mars than of this ocean floor. Images show for the first time a dramatic underwater landscape with mountains higher than Mont Blanc and ridges deeper than the Grand Canyon — all 15,000 feet below the surface of the Southern Indian Ocean. The discoveries were made as part of the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner, flight MH370, which disappeared six months ago. More

New Modular Style Grad Course
Structural Economic Geology in Mineral Exploration
October 27-31, 9am-5pm
University of Western Ontario, London, ON
Biological and Geological Sciences Building

Resource Geoscience Western and the Department of Earth Sciences at Western University will be holding a short course on Structural Economic Geology in Mineral Exploration. More

How much does it really cost to mine an ounce of gold?
The Globe and Mail
A scan of major gold producers' earnings suggests the cost of mining gold has risen dramatically over the past few years. Part of that is a true increase, owing to inflation and the expense of digging out tough-to-reach grades. But most of it is due to a change in the cost metric that gold miners emphasize in their reports to the investing community. More

Windy Ridge Amethyst seeks approval for mine near Thunder Bay
CBC News
A man from southern Ontario will get the public's input on his proposed amethyst mine near Thunder Bay. Larry Kowtuski of Norwich, ON, owns Windy Ridge Amethyst. Kowtuski said he already operates a small amethyst quarry, off Hwy 527, northeast of the city. He said it produces rocks, which aren't jewellery quality, but are very decorative in gardens. Kowtuski said the amethyst in Pearl is found in a different type of base rock.More

Graphite mine needs investors
North Bay Nipissing News
It's been four months since residents watched yellow Caterpillar equipment drive out of the Kearney graphite mine site, but there still isn't a firm answer on when it will be back. Ontario Graphite decided to defer the lease on the construction equipment to save money while capital is raised for the project. And that fundraising is still underway. "We're still in the phase of trying to raise capital," Tom Burkett, CEO of Ontario Graphite, says. More

Tesla looking for lithium mega-deals
Resource Investor
Where will Tesla Motors get the tons of lithium it will need to make advanced batteries at its Nevada gigafactory? Is there an opportunity for profit in lithium mining as supply shrinks? For an answer, The Energy Report caught up with Thibaut Lepouttre at his home base in Belgium, where he edits Caesar's Report, a newsletter that analyzes international mining projects. In addition to the lowdown on lithium, Lepouttre talks about several low-profile firms with phosphate and uranium mining projects.More