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It is the best depiction yet of the magnetism retained in Earth's rocks, as viewed from space.
The map was constructed using data from Europe's current Swarm mission, combined with legacy information from a forerunner satellite called Champ.
Variations as small as 250km across are detectable.
Clearly seen are the "stripes" of magnetism moving away from mid-ocean ridges — the places on the planet where new crust is constantly produced.
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Despite a slow recovery in the mining cycle, existing projects throughout Northwestern Ontario are renewing their commitments and the city is leveraging its position as an industry hub.
Thunder Bay Economic Development Commission mining services project manager John Mason noticed surging attendance at the recent Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada convention, and with it, he saw renewed hope.
Mason pointed to Goldcorp's Musselwhite office operations, which have recently relocated to Thunder Bay. That complements the 28 per cent of the mine's staff that Mason estimates lives in the city.
Northern Ontario Business
A Northern College mining training program is providing a path to employment for a northeastern Ontario First Nation community.
A recent ceremony held at the college's Timmins campus for five Wahgoshig First Nation residents who graduated from the underground hard rock miner common core program marked the fourth and final class from a successful three-way partnership between the college, Wahgoshig, and Primero Mining, operators of the Black Fox Gold Mine near Matheson.
Staff with the Region of Waterloo was in Cambridge recently to hold their first public information meeting in the development of a new master plan to deal with the municipality's current and future wastewater treatment needs.
Jorge Cavalcante, manager of engineering and planning for the region's water services explained that the goal of updating the master plan is four fold: To plan for future growth, optimize the region's existing sewage treatment plants, plan to meet the municipality's future treatment needs and to look for new opportunities for sustainability.
In Sudbury in the 1980s, at a time when most teens were looking forward to getting their driver's license, 16-year-old Chantal Barriault was excited about a new job at Science North. Decked out in a lab coat and comfortable shoes, the teen guided school groups through the interactive museum in northern Ontario, introducing kids to flying squirrels, creepy crawlers and the region's iconic bedrock geology. This humble, hands-on gig sparked a 30-year career communicating the intricacies of science to the public. It also inadvertently led to the creation of a new master's program in science communication this past fall at Laurentian University — reportedly the first in Canada and one of just a handful in the world.
Scientists have tracked the "family history" of a rock back to some of the earliest times on Earth.
Researchers analyzed the concentration and distribution of particular types of atoms in the granite to show it must have been recycled from something that existed 4.2 billion years ago.
This "parent rock" was very probably basalt of the sort produced on the ocean floor, they say.
Elliot Lake Standard
Janice Martell is continuing to work on her McIntyre Powder Project study she began in 2014.
But more recently, she has been working with the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) inputting information gathered at intake clinics held last year in Timmins and Sudbury.
With these clinics, sponsored by the United Steelworkers union, OHCOW was primarily looking for workers who were exposed to McIntyre powder.
Martell says through the clinics they registered close to 350 people, who suspect they were exposed to what became known as McIntyre powder.
Researchers have found traces of Earth's crust in the Canadian Shield dating back 4.2 billion years, when our planet was in its infancy.
Earth's composition is unlike any other known planet or moon, with rocky crusts forming and moving over the surface. Over time, this has forced older evidence of such crusts — both oceanic and continental — deep below the surface.
Researchers say global resource governance and sharing of geoscience data is needed to address challenges facing future mineral supply. Specifically of concern are a range of technology minerals, which are an essential ingredient in everything from laptops and cell phones to hybrid or electric cars to solar panels and copper wiring for homes.
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