Field Notes
May. 22, 2014

Attention Geoscience students!
June 12th is fast approaching! Register now for APGO's 12th AGM & Conference. This event is free for our student members. Please note that space is limited. In particular, we encourage students to register for the Speed Mentoring Session, which aims to show career options in the exciting world of geoscience by connecting you with professionals in the field. In this format, professional geoscientists will share about their education, first job, current responsibilities and anecdotes that incorporate the problem-solving side of their career.

Come to our AGM & Conference this June! Get to know and network with the professionals in geoscience field. For more information and access to online registration, please click on APGO's 12th AGM & Conference.More

Mining executive: Nickel price to reach huge highs
Northern Ontario Business
The price of nickel could reach highs previously seen in 2007, said Mark Selby, president and CEO of Royal Nickel, at a recent Canadian Institute of Mining event in Sudbury. Selby expects nickel prices to $15 to $20 per pound by mid-2015. The reason is Indonesia's decision to cease nickel exports indefinitely. The Asian country contains 25 per cent of the world's nickel supply.More

Organizers: Mining and Technology Week a success
Northern Life
Sudbury's 2014 Mining and Technology Week was one of the event's most successful iterations to date, said organizers. Dick DeStefano, executive director of Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association and Mining Week's director emeritus, said in a release around 1,200 people participated in the week's various events.More

Lighting the way to graphene-based devices
Net Newsledger
The Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario and its chromite potential might be the top focus for many in the region. However it is very likely in the longer run, the "Arc of Fire" which includes graphite could end up having the greatest long term impact on our society. The Zenyatta Albany Project near the Constance Lake First Nation along with development and exploration of several other nearby projects has generated small excitement over recent years.More

Mining deals to bounce back
Canadian mining and metals deal volumes and values fell year-over-year in the first quarter of 2014. Still, the results are a modest improvement over Q4 2013, shows an EY survey. "Low first quarter deal numbers actually mask growing confidence across the sector," says Bruce Sprague, EY's Canadian Mining and Metals Leader.More

KGHM plans 2019 opening for Victoria mine
Canadian Mining Journal
The Victoria nickel-copper mine near Sudbury is to be reopened by 2019 — not bad for a property that produced its first ore in 1899. Owner KGHM International made the Zone 4 discovery in 2010. Soon an initial inferred resource estimate of 14.2 million tonnes grading 2.5 per cent Ni, 2.5 per cent Cu, and 7.89 g/t Pt+Pd+Au was outlined.More

Premier Gold kicks off EA process on Geraldton project
Northern Ontario Business
Premier Gold has started the formal environmental assessment and permitting process at its Hardrock Project near Geraldton. The Thunder Bay junior miner is also some consultants, including mining engineering and construction manager Bertho Caron, to complete a feasibility study of the gold project in the first part of 2015.More

How the next smartphone battleground is just a single atom thick
Financial Post
Graphene is sort of like the high-tech version of cling wrap. It's a transparent material that conducts electricity so it can be stretched across glass surfaces of phones or tablets to make them into touch screens. It's ideal for futuristic gadgets like bendable smartwatches or tablets that fold up into smartphones. The potential has Samsung, Apple and Google amassing arsenals of graphene-related patents, in part because sales of so-called wearable computing devices is predicted to rise 14-fold in five years. More

Remembering the flood of 1974
Brant News
Murray and Priscilla Barker and their family were ready for a relaxing May long weekend at their Lake Erie cottage when they got an urgent message: Come home, there is going to be a flood. The Galt section of Cambridge was hardest hit with more than $5 million in damage. Paris topped $243,700 in damage and in Brantford it was almost $450,000. Ontario's minister of natural resources called a Royal Commission. Could it happen again? More

MIT developing platinum replacement
Fears of a looming crunch in platinum supply, driven mainly by a four-month-long ongoing strike at the world's top producers of the metal in South Africa, may be about to fade. MIT graduate student Sean Hunt, post-doc Tarit Nimmandwudipong, and Yuriy Romàn, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, are working on a new process to replace platinum-group metals with more widely available elements in renewable energy technologies.More

Preventive measures at forefront of OGS safety plan
Northern Ontario Business
Last summer, a lake water crew with the Ontario Geological Survey (OGS) was being transported by helicopter to a research spot when one of its blades clipped a tree-top, causing a wobble in the chopper's flight. After landing immediately, an inspection revealed a badly damaged blade and $80,000 damage, but the result could have been much worse, said Jack Parker, senior manager of the earth resources and geoscience mapping section of the OGS. More

APGO's Annual Photo Contest is on
It's that time of year again — APGO's Annual Photo Contest! APGO looks to its membership for photos to use in displays, brochures, newsletters, Facebook and presentations to enhance the public's appreciation for geoscience. We're looking for great photos that showcase the different facets of the geoscience profession — the beauty, the excitement and the challenges. Most importantly, we're looking for photos that tell a story. More

Geoscience gets $12 million lift from Nova Scotia tax payers
The Chronicle Herald
The province will spend $12 million on geoscience research over the next four years to make it easier for industry to identify potential offshore oil and gas opportunities. "We've heard from industry that this is a great model for them," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "It allows them to have some information to be basing their exploration on. It gives them a great start."More

U.S. report: B.C. glaciers melting
Soo Today
The mountains of British Columbia cradle glaciers that have scored the landscape over millenia, shaping the rugged West Coast since long before it was the West Coast. But they're in rapid retreat, and an American state-of-the-union report on climate change has singled out the rapid melt in British Columbia and Alaska as a major climate change issue.More

40-foot sinkhole swallows part of Tennessee football field
The Globe and Mail
Engineers were working Tuesday to close a yawning sinkhole that gobbled up a part of the end zone of a Tennessee university's football stadium. The 40-foot-wide and 40-foot-deep chasm appeared at the Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, as a construction crew on Monday tried to fill in a much smaller hole that was discovered during a $19 million facelift of the stadium.More