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Calling for volunteers — 51st Annual Gemboree in Bancroft
Mark Priddle, P.Geo.
Dear fellow Geoscientist,
This year is the 51st Annual Gemboree in Bancroft, Ontario. This event has been attended by APGO members for many years. For the last few years, the APGO has had a booth at the event in order to promote awareness of our profession to the general public. The APGO is seeking volunteers to operate the booth during the event (August 1-4, 2014).
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The results are in — APGO's 2014 Photo Competition winners
APGO
APGO thanks all who participated in the photo competition this year. We had an overwhelming number of submissions and were surprised at the strong photography talent that exists in the geoscience community. APGO asked its members to vote for their top three favourite photos. The winners were announced at the AGM and Conference on June 12th. Here are the results!
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Quantitative interpretation emerges as major geoscience tool
Offshore Magazine
The rise of deep-water exploration, together with the onshore shale boom, has altered many industry geoscience workflows. Organizations are racing to understand how to economically produce these costly modern reservoirs. For interpreters, this has meant the widespread adoption of a series of advanced workflows that are commonly defined as Quantitative Interpretation (QI).
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Commodity expert sees Ontario minerals ascending
Canadian Mining Journal
Commodity expert Patricia Mohr told miners that global economic forces indicate improvement in markets for Ontario minerals. Mohr, Scotiabank VP of economics and commodity market specialist, was the featured speaker at an Ontario Mining Association board of directors meeting held earlier this month. Her address was titled Price Outlook for Base and Precious Metals 2014-2015.
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Confederation College graduates new mine techs
Northern Ontario Business
Confederation College has graduated its first set of mining technicians. Through a previous partnership arrangement with Northern College, Confederation announced recently that the first graduating students that have taken Northern's Haileybury School of Mines mining engineering technician program have received their diplomas. "This is a year of firsts," said Confederation president Jim Madder in a statement.
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Brantford moving ahead with $15.8 million brownfield clean-up
Brant News
Brantford is moving ahead with a $15.8 million clean-up of the Mohawk-Greenwich brownfield to prepare the sprawling Eagle Place industrial site for future residential, parkland and institutional development. City councillors, sitting as committee of the whole, approved a site remediation plan created by consultant CH2M Hill.
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Local businesses meet to discuss mining opportunities
Kenora Online
Local businesses met recently to learn about the numerous opportunities available to them in the mining sector. The city recently released its mining profile sector that looked at how Kenora companies can be involved in the mining process from beginning to end. Economic Development Officer Jennifer Findlay explained what they were discussing.
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Study: Nitrates no threat to Walkerton water
Owen Sound Sun Times
No special measures are needed to protect Walkerton's drinking water from nitrates generated by spreading manure in the countryside or other means, according to a long-term study. Nitrate levels, which seemed a potential concern in one of Walkerton's municipal wells, caused the source water protection committee to "designate" it under a Ministry of the Environment process in 2011, project manager David Ellingwood said Monday.
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Monument Bay expands for Mega Precious Metals
Canadian Mining Journal
Mega Precious Metals of Thunder Bay is looking at expanded high grade gold-tungsten structures in the Twin Lakes deposit at its Monument Bay property 340 kilometres southeast of Thompson. The good news comes with the re-examination of old cores as well as results from four holes of the winter drill program.
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Ocean's worth of water deep in Earth affirmed by new evidence
CBC News
If you want to find Earth's vast reservoirs of water, you may have to look beyond the obvious places like the oceans and polar ice caps. Scientists recently said massive amounts of water appear to exist deep beneath the planet's surface, trapped in a rocky layer of the mantle at depths between 410 kilometres and 660 kilometres deep.
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Kirkland Lake Gold digs for cash
Northern Ontario Business
Kirkland Lake Gold announced recently that it intends to raise $7 million through private placement flow-through financing. The company will issue 1,795,000 flow-through common shares at a price of $3.90 per share on a bought deal basis, led by National Bank Financial. The offering is anticipated to close early next month.
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Directionality of crystal elasticity offers explanation for variable seismic character of the inner Earth
Phys.org
Seismic studies enable geoscientists to map the Earth's internal structure. Certain seismic observations, however, remain puzzling, such as the unexpected spatial variability in the speed of seismic waves in a thin zone called the D" layer at the boundary between the core and mantle. Researchers have now found that these observations can be explained by the structure and orientation of microcrystals that comprise the D" layer.
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IBM wants to use big data to safeguard drinking water in Canada
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A new data integration platform for watershed management built by the Southern Ontario Water Consortium in collaboration with IBM is helping researchers, urban planners and others develop more sophisticated tools to predict floods, safeguard the drinking water supply and forecast the impact of growth and urbanization on vital ecosystems.

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Superior Copper initiating drill program
Northern Ontario Business
Superior Copper is undertaking a 25,000-metre drill program at its property near Sault Ste. Marie. The drilling will start shortly. The company, which owns 100 per cent of the project, located 85 kilometres north of the Sault, will test for iron oxide copper gold deposits as a follow-up to airborne ZTEM surveying done over the entire project area in April.

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Montana families find flecks of gold in drinking water
The Weather Network
At least two households in Whitehill, MT have reported finding flecks of gold in their tap water — leaving residents to wonder what else is floating around in there. The small town with a population of about 1,000 gets its water from two wells, both of which are in the middle of the community. NBC Montana has corroborated the report.

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Ice 'sculptures' as big as skyscrapers found under Greenland ice sheet
Huffington Post
The Greenland ice sheet may look like a vast expanse of white, but scientists peering beneath the smooth veil have found a fun house of sorts, full of giant jelly roll-like ice sculptures that could rival city skyscrapers in height and the whole of Manhattan in width. The new-found wonderland not only reveals Mother Nature as artist, but also gives scientists a better picture of how Greenland's ice behaves and how that might change as the planet warms.
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