Northwest Territories First Nation drummers perform on an ore sorter catwalk.

Ore sorting upgrades North of 60 mines

"Grade is king" is an adage that guides mineral exploration and mining. The premise behind this basic axiom of the mining business is the less ore that needs to be mined and processed... — Updated 8/4/2022

A drill tests for high-grade VMS mineralization from a mountainside at Palmer.

American Pacific to acquire Constantine

Under a deal announced on Aug. 15, American Pacific Mining Corp. will gain 44.9% ownership of the Palmer zinc-copper-silver-gold-barite mine project in Southeast Alaska through the... — Updated 8/15/2022

Aerial view of the Bornite camp in Alaska’s Ambler Mining District.

Doyon, NANA leaders visit Ambler District

Chiefs from the Doyon region and village leaders from the NANA region came together for a meeting at Ambler Metals' Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects to gain a first-hand understanding of the... — Updated 8/18/2022

Ruen Drilling rig tests RPM South gold prospect on Estelle project in Alaska.

Nova drills 140m of 6.5 g/t gold at RPM

Wide sections of high-grade gold cut in the first holes drilled this year at RPM North continue to demonstrate the robust nature of this emerging gold deposit on Nova Minerals Ltd.'s... — Updated 8/18/2022

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Aerial view of camp and processing facilities at the Prairie Creek zinc mine.

Prairie Creek transport benefits agreement

NorZinc Ltd. Aug. 17 announced the signing of a transportation corridor benefits agreement with Acho Dene Koe First Nation, whose traditional territory lies along the route for... — Updated 8/18/2022

Female technician with a section of drill core at the Turnagain nickel project.

Mitsubishi joins Giga Metals at Turnagain

Giga Metals Corp. Aug. 15 announced that Mitsubishi Corp. has entered into an agreement to form a joint venture to advance the development of a mine at the Turnagain nickel-cobalt... — Updated 8/18/2022

A ridge being bulldozed on Sitka Gold's RC Gold project in Yukon, Canada.

Sitka completes phase II Blackjack drilling

Sitka Gold Corp. August 17 announced that it has finished the second phase of its summer diamond drilling at its district-scale RC Gold project in Yukon, Canada. Finishing ahead of... — Updated 8/18/2022

Geologists collect soil sample on Blue Star Gold’s project in Nunavut.

Blue Star Gold prospects new drill targets

Blue Star Gold Corp. Aug. 15 announced that drilling has tapped additional high-grade gold in the Flood Zone at Ulu, one of the company's three properties that cover more than a... — Updated 8/18/2022

Illustrated map showing gold-silver deposits and future mill site at Lawyers.

PEA outlines robust Lawyers gold mine

Benchmark Metals Inc. Aug. 16 published results from a preliminary economic assessment that outlines an economically robust mine at its Lawyers project in Northern British Columbia that... — Updated 8/18/2022

Flow sheet showing the gold recovery process considered for RPM deposit.

Encouraging gold recoveries from RPM

Nova Minerals Ltd. Aug. 8 reported highly encouraging gold recovery results from its first phase of metallurgical test work on mineralization from its high-grade RPM North deposit on the... — Updated 8/11/2022

Piles of praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium.

Alaska is Well-Positioned to Lead the Nation's Critical Minerals Industry

Modern society depends on the responsible development of a wide variety of minerals and metals. These commodities are used in numerous consumer products, such as cellular phones,... — Updated 8/18/2022

A bunch of bananas sitting beside an hourglass-type sand timer.

Green bananas, mining risks, and time

Noted Alaskan prospector Rudy Vetter once told me, "At my age, I don't even buy green bananas anymore." I heard this sage remark during a mineral property lease negotiation after I... — Updated 8/19/2022

A see-through shard of obsidian, showing its glass-like quality.

Fingerprints of the Earth in obsidian

Unlike the European prospectors seeking the gold, silver, copper, and the New World's wealth of other metals, oftentimes First Nations, Native Americans, and Indigenous peoples... — Updated 8/4/2022

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