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APGO's North East Regional Networking Event
The Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) invites you to join us in Sudbury on November 5, 2014. Hosted by APGO's North East Regional Councillor, Ben Berger, P.Geo., this networking event aims to bring together professional geoscientists, geoscientists-in-training, geoscience students and other industry stakeholders in the region.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to make new connections and re-establish old ones. Register early!
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New Modular Style Grad Course
Structural Economic Geology in Mineral Exploration
October 27-31, 9am-5pm
University of Western Ontario, London, ON
Biological and Geological Sciences Building

Resource Geoscience Western and the Department of Earth Sciences at Western University will be holding a short course on Structural Economic Geology in Mineral Exploration.

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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.

Cliffs Natural Resources looking to exit Ontario's Ring of Fire
The Globe and Mail
A major player in Ontario's Ring of Fire is considering selling a key property in the mineral belt, adding more uncertainty to a stalled project that was supposed to help boost the province's northern economy. Cliffs Natural Resources recently signalled it could sell its huge chromite deposit in the Ring of Fire — a 5,000-square-kilometre crescent of chromite, nickel, copper, zinc and gold thought to be worth as much as $50 billion during the commodity boom.
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International miners tour 'deep' Sudbury mines
CBC News
Delegates from mining companies around the world were touring mines in Sudbury. They were in town as part of Deep Mining 2014, an international conference to talk about the future of underground mining—which continues to progress at deeper levels, previously considered "un-minable." There was also a focus on what comes next for the industry globally. The conference brought together mining personnel, consultants and researchers from around the world to discuss and document their experiences in deep mining.
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Richmont Mines helps support town after foresters pull out
Canadian Mining Journal
Wawa is a small town located about 250 kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie. It's right at the junction of provincial highways 101 and 17, Canadian National and Algoma Railways service the area, and Lake Superior is just about 50 kilometres to the west. As small towns go, Wawa has a lot to offer and until the late 1980s, the forest industry considered it to be one of the prime locations in Ontario to set up shop and to draw from many of the town's 2950 residents to work in the surrounding forests and mills.
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Geologist: Sudbury Basin largely unexplored
Northern Ontario Business
Despite occupying one of the most mineral-rich areas of the world, large swaths of the Sudbury basin have remained unexplored. Dan Farrow, the Sudbury District geologist with the Ontario Geological Survey, said Vale and Glencore hold a large number of patented mineral claims for tracts of land in the basin that only they can explore. Because both companies have a number of productive mines in the camp, they haven't yet bothered to explore many of these prospective areas.
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Northern Gold signs custom milling deal with St. Andrew Goldfields for Garrcon
Proactive Investors
Northern Gold Mining has signed a custom milling agreement with St. Andrew Goldfields, providing for the milling of a minimum 80,000 tonne bulk sample from its Garrcon deposit. The Garrcon deposit is located on the Garrison property, which forms part of the company's Golden Bear project in Ontario. In July, the junior explorer's mine production closure plan was accepted and filed by the provincial ministry to remove up to a 150,000-ton bulk sample from the deposit. The term of the agreement with St. Andrew is for approximately nine months.
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How much does it really cost to mine an ounce of gold?
The Globe and Mail
A scan of major gold producers' earnings suggests the cost of mining gold has risen dramatically over the past few years. Part of that is a true increase, owing to inflation and the expense of digging out tough-to-reach grades. But most of it is due to a change in the cost metric that gold miners emphasize in their reports to the investing community.
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Scientists may have found a way to detect early signs of an earthquake
The Weather Network
Earthquakes are arguably the most destructive of the forces of nature, but they're also the hardest to predict. While we've identified the areas where the motion of tectonic plates can result in the kind of friction that results in earthquakes, such as Chile and California, we can't tell you when, or even exactly where a tremor is likely to occur. However, a study published recently in the journal Nature Geoscience may be the first, shaky step to narrowing down the location of future tremors, with a look at groundwater chemistry.
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International patents, marketing deal on horizon for KWG
Canadian Mining Journal
KWG Resources has filed an international patent application that will secure its rights to its new method of using natural gas to refine chromite ore into ferrochrome. The company would then be able to file patent applications in over 140 countries. With an eye firmly on a future as a producer, KWG said a large ferrochrome producer has proposed a strategic marketing allience for the global charge chrome market.

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Yves Fortier: A herald of Canada's golden age of geology
The Globe and Mail
When the astronauts walked on the moon in July, 1969, their main mission was to collect rocks and dust from the Sea of Tranquility. They were test pilots first and narrowly trained field geologists second. When Yves Oscar Fortier explored Canada's remote northern reaches in the 1940s and 1950s, he was also breaking new ground in a hostile environment. But he was a geologist through and through.

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Tesla Gigafactory will require 8 new graphite mines
Electric car producer Tesla Motors is planning to build a $6 billion lithium-ion battery "Gigafactory" in 2017, doubling the 2013 global output of lithium ion batteries and creating a massive shortage of graphite — unless new mines come on line. Great Lakes Graphite is a strong candidate to fill some of that North American demand.

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How plate tectonics got kick-started
Popular Mechanics
The outermost shell of the Earth is constantly in motion. Over eons, our planet's tectonic plates have dragged the continents apart and slammed them into one another, forming ocean trenches, mountains, and volcanoes. Plate tectonics explains continental drift, seafloor spreading, and why California has so many earthquakes. The Earth's shifting plates also created an ideal environment for life itself to evolve and thrive. But exactly how our planet's seven or eight major plates started shifting remains a mystery.
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Study: Asian monsoon at least 40 million years old
Daily Times
A new study has found that Asian monsoon actually started 40 million years ago than previously thought. An international research team, led by a geoscientist of the University of Arizona, claims that the monsoon began during a period of high atmospheric carbon dioxide and warmer temperatures, not as a result of the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalaya Mountains some 22-25 million years ago.
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