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2014 Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium (OEGS) in Sudbury
Ontario Prospectors' Association
OPA's event, Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium, is fast approaching. The event will take place on November 4th and 5th at United Steelworkers Local 6500 Hall in Sudbury. Please click on the link for the program and registration information.
Goodman School of Mines Lecture Series
Laurentian University Goodman School of Mines
The Goodman School of Mines (GSM) invites you to a lecture featuring Pierre Lassonde on November 6th at 7:00 pm at Laurentian University. Don't miss this talk — "Canadian Mining, Like Diamonds, is Forever."
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Canada will double diamond production in 4 years
With the development of Gahcho Kué and Renard mines underway, Canadian diamond production will be taking a big step up.
Gahcho Kué project, run by Mountain Province Diamonds, is the largest new diamond mine under development globally. The Gahcho Kué Project consists of a cluster of four diamondiferous kimberlites, three of which have a probable mineral reserve of 35.4 million tons grading 1.57 carats per ton for total diamond content of 55.5 million carats. Production is scheduled to start in 2016.
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Mining company teams up with First Nation for new winter road
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One of the players still active in this Far North region is now teaming up with Marten Falls First Nation to help build a new winter road.
Officials with Noront Resources hope to build its Eagle's Nest nickel mine, and the company also owns the rights to some of the chromite deposits in the rich mining area.
Chief Operating Officer Paul Semple says they've recently acquired a mining camp from Cliffs Natural Resources, which halted its mining activity last year.
Mining industry keeping Timmins strong
In his final State of the City address recently, Timmins Mayor Tom Laughren urged the new city council to stay the course with the Timmins2020 Strategic Plan. Laughren, whose tenure as Mayor ends in late November, was speaking at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon to kick off Small Business Week. A new city council is to be elected on October 27. Laughren is not seeking re-election.
NAP lists encouraging results from Offset zone extension drilling
Canadian Mining Journal
Toronto-based North American Palladium (NAP) has published encouraging results from drilling the lower, north and upper parts of the Offset zone. Success here would allow the company to extend the Lac des Iles phase one mine plan and consider a phase two expansion.
Core from the Offset zone extension targets returned 5.2 g/t Pd over 20.3 metres, 6.2 g/t over 17.7 metres, and 7.2 g/t over 11.0 metres. Deep surface drilling of the lower-central Offset target traced it to a minimum vertical depth of 1,600 metres.
RB Energy meltdown highlights tough times for lithium, rare earth firms
As RB Energy flamed out and fell into creditor protection during the past couple of weeks, investors were shell-shocked. Despite some start-up problems in recent months, Vancouver-based RB seemed to be in an ideal position. It was emerging as North America's only serious lithium producer, just as demand for the metal is set to soar because of its use in electric vehicle batteries.
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Inco exec started in coal mines
The Sudbury Star
A man who began working at age 15 in the coal mines of England and rose to become one of the top executives at Inco died recently at Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga after a short illness.
James William "Big Jim" Ashcroft is being remembered this week, by friends and by people who didn't always share his views, as both a company man and a miner's miner.
Bowmanville plant looks into mining below Lake Ontario
It's still in the works, but St. Mary's Cement has plans to head below Bowmanville's stretch of Lake Ontario to meet some of its mining needs. The company has started meeting with the public on its plans to build a mine under Lake Ontario, a mine they believe could operate for up to 100 years. St. Mary's is seeking the limestone aggregate beneath the lake floor and the proposed mine would go approximately 170 metres deep and cover an area of 49 square kilometres.
Bees help restore Sudbury mining site
Retired foreman Wayne Tonelli worked in Sudbury's nickel mines since he was a teenager, but his new gig is pretty sweet. That's because his old boss Vale (formerly Inco) is mining for more than metals these days. The company is in the "liquid gold" business, enlisting thousands of honey bees to help restore a Sudbury landscape blighted by more than a century of nickel and copper mining and smelting.
Super batteries charge in 2 minutes and last 20 years
A group of technologists have created a remarkable new battery: the battery can be charged up within two minutes and, once fully charged, power on for up to 20 years. With the new battery, the conventional graphite used for the anode (negative pole) in lithium-ion batteries has been replaced with a new gel material made from titanium dioxide (a material commonly found in soil).
USGS predicts large earthquake for Northern California
A new study from the United States Geological Survey released information on four Northern California faults. The study indicated that the Hayward, Rodgers Creek, Green Valley and Calaveras faults are loaded with enough tension to start a 6.8 or higher earthquake.
All four of the faults are part of the San Andreas fault system that runs through both Hollister and San Juan Bautista.
Scientists believe these fault lines will deliver major quakes in the next 30 years.
Chart-topping rocks: U.K.'s 'Greatest Geosites' announced
The island of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides was the most popular "adventurous" site; its basalt columns form dramatic shapes including famous Fingal's Cave
The list, compiled into an online clickable map, marked the start of Earth Science Week.
Categories for the popular vote included landscapes, outcrops and coastlines, as well as industrial and educational sites.
Eucla Basin survey uncovers odd rock formations
Science Network Western Australia
Geologists have come to the tentative conclusion that relatively young Mesoproterozoic bedrock lies deep beneath the Nullabor, wedged between two much older formations.
These formations are the Yilgarn Craton to the west and South Australia's Gawler Craton, both former tectonic plates.
Geological Survey of Western Australia geologist Ian Tyler says data from a seismic survey along 860 kilometres of railway line, from Haig east of Kalgoolie to Tarcoola in South Australia, is still being interpreted.
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