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Articles from the November 4, 2022 edition


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  • Sample jars being fed into a PhotonAssay machine for gold analysis.

    Lightspeed answer to backlogged assays

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 3, 2022

    PhotonAssay tech offers a modern, faster alternative to fire assaying for gold analysis. Assays are the very crux of mineral exploration – timely results returned from the lab help guide the search for orebodies and let investors know that the dollars being poured into drilling and sampling is money well spent. With assay lab turnaround times in a post-COVID world being measured in months instead of weeks, mineral exploration geologists are without an important tool for v...

  • Wesley Earl Dunkle's flight logbook at the Alaska Aviation Museum.

    Alaska still feels the work of Wesley Dunkle

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Dec 3, 2022

    As we honor tradition and significant achievement toward mining, mineral exploration, or all-around trailblazing in Alaska, there are many individuals who have been immortalized through the Alaska Mining Hall of Fame. Among these legends is Wesley Earl Dunkle, whose impacts on Last Frontier aviation are as memorable as his mining exploits and possibly even more strongly felt today. In 2006, Charles Hawley chronicled Dunkle's high-flying Alaska exploits in a book titled...

  • High-grade copper-gold sample collected from the Thorn project in Northern BC.

    BHP nabs a 19.9% stake in Brixton Metals

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 17, 2022

    Brixton Metals Corp. Nov. 2 announced that BHP Group Ltd. has agreed to invest at least C$13.4 million to acquire a 19.9% interest in the junior exploring the Thorn copper-gold project in Northern British Columbia. "We are excited to welcome BHP, a leading global resource company, to the Brixton share register and believe their investment speaks to the strength of the Thorn Project and Brixton's geological team," said Brixton Metals Chairman and CEO Gary Thompson. Under the...

  • Western Alaska Minerals CEO Kit Marrs in the Illinois Creek drill core shack.

    More high-grade Western Alaska silver

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 17, 2022

    Western Alaska Minerals Corp. Oct. 31 announced that assay results confirm that its 2022 drilling continues to expand the high-grade silver-lead-zinc mineralization at the Waterpump Creek carbonate replacement deposit on the company's Illinois Creek project about 300 miles west of Fairbanks, Alaska. Previous exploration carried out by Anaconda Minerals Company and Novagold Resources Inc. outlined 166,000 tons of historical resource at Waterpump Creek averaging 295 grams per...

  • Herbert Gold operational site in Southeast Alaska.

    Grande Portage awaits Herbert Gold assays

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Nov 17, 2022

    Grande Portage Resources Ltd. Nov. 3 announced the completion of a nearly 10,000-meter 2022 drill program and eagerly awaits the ensuing assays to continue upgrading and expanding the high-grade resource at its Herbert Gold project in Southeast Alaska. According to a calculation completed in 2021, Herbert Gold hosts 3.64 million metric tons of indicated resource averaging 10.23 grams per metric ton (1.2 million oz) gold and 5.87 g/t (686,700 oz) silver; plus 1.14 million...

  • ATAC Resources camp at the Rackla Gold project in central Yukon.

    First Osiris drilling in over four years

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Nov 17, 2022

    ATAC Resources Ltd. Nov. 1 reported strong gold intercepts from this year's drilling Osiris deposit, the first drilling to be carried out at the Nadaleen project on the broader Rackla Gold property in the Yukon, since 2018. The 2022 program at Nadaleen included 1,551 meters of drilling in five holes – three at Osiris and one each in the Sunrise and Conrad targets. "While we only conducted a small-scale program this year, these results are a great reminder of the high-grade n...

  • Section of half core showing massive sulfide minerals cut at Grizzly prospect.

    Core cuts 47% silver-zinc-lead at Blue

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 17, 2022

    Core Assets Corp. Oct. 31 reported high-grade zinc-lead-silver mineralization in two holes drilled 2,000 meters apart in the Silver Lime project area on the Blue property in Northern British Columbia. Located in the gold-rich Atlin Mining District, Blue is a 111,649-hectare (275,890 acres) land package covering high-grade skarn and carbonate replacement and porphyry prospects enriched with silver, gold, copper, zinc, and lead. Core's 2022 exploration program at Blue included...

  • Rocks enriched with critical minerals a the Nagvaak property in Nunavut.

    Junior targets North of 60 green metals

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Nov 17, 2022

    Having identified 12 high-priority targets from high-resolution geophysical data, StrategX Elements Corp. is planning to conduct a first-phase, 2,000-meter diamond drill program on its Nagvaak project in Nunavut. Nagvaak is one of three projects that the aggressive junior is exploring in the Far North territory's mineral-rich Melville Peninsula. StrategX said it has defined drill targets with potential for a major discovery in energy transition metals on the Nagvaak property...

  • Looking down on a drill set up on a mountainside at the Palmer mine project.

    American Pacific acquires Constantine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 17, 2022

    American Pacific Mining Corp. Oct. 31 finalized the acquisition of Constantine Metal Resources Ltd., providing the well-funded exploration and development company a roughly 45% interest in Palmer, a volcanogenic massive sulfide zinc-copper-silver-gold-barite mine project being advanced under a joint venture with Dowa Metals & Mining Alaska Ltd. "This is a transformational step for American Pacific as the Palmer Project gives us an established PEA-stage asset with a tremendous...

  • Geologist explains the mineralization in drill core being logged at Donlin Gold.

    Drills tap 42m of 1 oz/t gold at Donlin

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 17, 2022

    Novagold Resources Inc. and Barrick Gold Corp. Nov. 1 reported intercepts of up to 42.3 meters averaging 30.68 grams (0.99 ounces) per metric ton gold from the 2022 drilling at the Donlin Gold project in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region of Southwest Alaska. Being advanced toward a production decision by Donlin Gold LLC – a joint venture owned equally by Novagold and Barrick – this enormous mine project hosts 504.81 million metric tons of proven and probable reserves averaging 2.0...

  • Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA)(Left), Peter DeFazio (D-OR)(Right).

    Newest report condemns Pebble project

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Nov 17, 2022
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    The U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee released a report accusing proponents of the proposed Pebble copper mine in Southwest Alaska of carrying out a 'bait and switch' permitting scheme designed to evade regulations and develop an open pit mine in the watershed of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Chair of the Committee Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) released a report titled, "NO...

  • Underground chrome mine in an outline of Alaska and critical minerals.

    49 critical minerals in the 49th State

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 16, 2022

    From antimony historically mined near the Interior Alaska city of Fairbanks to the zinc and germanium produced at the Red Dog Mine, America's 49th State is a past producer, and a potential future source of the minerals and metals deemed critical to the United States. Earlier this year U.S. Geological Survey updated and expanded its list of critical minerals to include 50 minerals and metals essential to the economic or national security of the U.S. and which has a supply... Full story

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