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Exploration in the Shadow of Many Headframes
April 18-19, 2017
Hosted Toronto Geological Discussion Group (TGDG)
April 25, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.
20 Toronto Street, Toronto
The Toronto Geological Discussion Group (TGDG) is hosting an event that will focus on the three main mineral components of some Li-ion batteries — Lithium, Cobalt and Carbon.
Check out Phase 1 and Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment Training Courses being offered by the Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada (AESAC) this spring in Toronto.
Next Gen Geo
Next Gen Geo is a non-profit organization supporting the development of early career geoscientists. It has organized a series of seminars that will pass on the knowledge and skills of experienced mining industry professionals to the next generation. The seminars will be held on April 19, 26 & May 3 and are hosted at the University of Toronto. Next Gen Geo acknowledges the support of U of T's Undergraduate Earth Sciences Association.
On April 19 Raymond Goldie will be teaching how to use Net Smelter Return (NSRs) to evaluate projects at all stages. David Leng, P.Geo. will be teaching how to take samples from outcrops, soil, and other media. A pizza dinner is included in the $10 registration fee.
To learn more about the seminars, the distinguished speakers, and to register, please visit www.nextgengeo.ca/seminars.
Disclaimer: The media articles featured in Field Notes do not express or reflect the opinions of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, or any employee thereof.
Government of Canada
The Government of Canada is taking the next step in reviewing environmental assessment processes to build a new system that Canadians trust.
A precious collection of ice cores from the Canadian Arctic has suffered a catastrophic meltdown. A freezer failure at a cold storage facility in Edmonton run by the University of Alberta (UA) caused 180 of the meter-long ice cylinders to melt, depriving scientists of some of the oldest records of climate change in Canada's far north.
The recent failure left "pools of water all over the floor and steam in the room," UA glaciologist Martin Sharp told ScienceInsider. "It was like a changing room in a swimming pool."
Some of the world's leading volcanologists and geothermal engineers have signed up to a $100 million magma drilling project in a bid to help protect millions of people, towns and cities across the world from volcano disasters; and to make a strategic step in scaling up the use of geothermal energy.
More than 30 magma and geothermal scientists from as far away as Alaska and New Zealand came together at a three-day meeting in Paris this month to work up plans for the Krafla Magma Testbed project, which would see a 2.1-kilometre deep-hole drilled directly into a magma chamber below a volcano in Iceland.
TB News Watch
Prospectors and exploration companies from the mining industry gathered once again for the annual Prospectors Exploration Showcase, but this year is unlike any other.
With the first convention held in Thunder Bay 100 years ago, this centennial milestone is being celebrated with the Canadian mining sector that's on the rise.
A total of 86 exhibitors showcased their projects and services, in hopes to network with other companies and foster new opportunities.
Barrie is motoring upstream on water quality. The city's wastewater treatment facility reduced the annual average phosphorus concentration level discharged into Lake Simcoe to 0.03 milligrams per litre in 2016, the lowest on record for the municipality. The province sets the annual phosphorus concentration limit at 0.1 mg/L. "The extremely low phosphorus concentration was achieved through a combination of facility advancements, frequent monitoring and process adjustments," wastewater operations manager Sandy Coulter said.
Northern Ontario Business
Aubrey Eveleigh describes the Albany graphite deposit in northeastern Ontario "as a real freak of nature."
"We never expected to find something like this," he said. "I spent my entire career exploring for base metals and gold for the most part, so this is kind of new. I had never seen anything like this in my life. Neither did any geologist I knew."
Hamilton east residents should expect a heavier load of traffic, possibly extra dust, and maybe more noise as the city begins this spring the largest expansion project in the history of the Woodward Avenue Treatment Plant.
Mark Bainbridge, director of water and wastewater planning, told more than 40 residents at a recent town hall meeting organized by Ward 4 Coun. Sam Merulla that there will be lots of activity in the Parkview East neighbourhood, including along Woodward Avenue, Brampton Street and Rennie Street.
Kenora Daily Miner and News
It's going to be a busy summer for Avalon Advanced Materials.
The company recently announced that it has begun a 10-hole, 2,000-metre diamond drilling program at its Separation Rapids Lithium Project site located about 80 kilometres north of Kenora off the English River Road.
The drilling program is expected to be completed over the next six to eight weeks and will provide data for an updated model of the extent and types of lithium bearing mineralization in the deposit.
It is a drab-looking two-storey building covered in beige siding that very few Sudburians will ever see inside.
But the biosolids plant off Kelly Lake Road is the biggest city project in recent years, coming with a $63 million price tag.
It's a sharp contrast to the multi-million dollar "major projects" the current city council is planning, including a new arena and art gallery, or the "legacy projects" voted on in 2008 that would have seen a multi-sport recreational complex and an arts centre built.
Salting of roads in winter helps drivers navigate snow and ice, but the runoff may be irreparably damaging freshwater lakes in the United States and Canada, researchers warned recently.
Most of the 371 North American freshwater lakes in the U.S. Northeast and Midwest and Ontario are showing an increase in salinity from chloride runoff, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
And if the trend continues it could doom aquatic life and reduce water quality, limiting the supply of drinking and irrigation water, the researchers said.
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