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  • Northern Dynasty Pebble Limited Partnership copper project Bristol Bay

    Alaska drill results continue to roll in

    Curt Freeman, Special to Mining News|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    WESTERN ALASKA Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. announced that it had finalized a surface right of way agreement with Alaska Peninsula Corporation for use of that latter's lands for the construction and operation of transportation infrastructure associated with the Pebble copper-molybdenum-gold project. Alaska Peninsula Corporation is an Alaska Native village corporation with extensive land holdings proximal to the Pebble site and more than 900 shareholders, many of which live... Full story

  • Goat Vein yields more high-grade gold

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Grande Portage Resources Ltd. Nov. 27 reported another high-grade gold intercept for this year's drilling at the Goat Vein on the company's Herbert Gold project in Southeast Alaska. Hole 18M-12, drilled from the north side of the Goat Vein, intersected the main structure at a depth of roughly 230 meters. The main Goat Vein structure at this depth is 9.9 meters wide, including a 6.37-meter interval (4.97 meters true-width) just above the footwall that averaged 24.39 grams per...

  • Debeers Canada, Mountain Provinces diamond mines NWT

    Gahcho Kué outlook: 20M carats over 3 yrs

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. Nov. 27 forecast that the Gahcho Kué Mine in Northwest Territories will produce between 6.6 million and 6.9 million carats of diamonds in 2019 and the company expects the diamond output from this operation to remain steady through 2021. Owned by Mountain Province (49 percent) and De Beers Canada (51 percent), the Gahcho Kué Mine began commercial production in 2017. Through the first nine months of 2018, the Gahcho Kué Mine produced 5.4 mi...

  • Red Mountain gold silver mine project Stewart Golden Triangle British Columbia

    IDM expands Red Mountain gold discoveries

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    IDM Mining Ltd. Nov. 27 reported that high-grade gold and silver results from trenching and sampling have expanded two new zones – Lost Valley and Cambria – on the company's Red Mountain gold project in the Golden Triangle of northwestern British Columbia. Both zones are in areas of the property with better exposure due to recent glacial retreat. Lost Valley is a discovery area about 4,000 meters south of the resource area at Red Mountain, where IDM Mining is in the final stag...

  • Juniors find gold despite staking ban

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Gold explorers are rushing to several regions of Yukon Territory, particularly areas where significant discoveries of the precious metal have been reported in recent years. But only a few lucky companies could advance gold projects in Southeast Yukon during the 2018 field season. The reason: A large swath of the mineral-rich Tintina Gold Belt – favorable geological terrain that sweeps northward through Yukon in a boomerang-shaped arc to Alaska from British Columbia – is off...

  • Ucore Rare Metals rare earth elements separation plant Southeast Alaska

    Ucore discusses SMC with Ketchikan leaders

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Ucore Rare Metals Inc. Nov. 6 said it has begun consultation with officials from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, the Southeast Alaska municipality where Ucore plans to build its Strategic Metals Complex, a facility that will produce individual rare earth elements and other strategic metals from non-Chinese sources. Rare earth elements are more abundant than their name suggests. The 17 elements commonly included in this group – 15 lanthanide elements on the periodic table, p...

  • Alaska's Fortymile placer gold mining district near Klondike district Yukon

    Alaska claims ownership of Fortymile lands

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    The state of Alaska Nov. 8 filed a lawsuit against the United States Bureau of Land Management, asserting ownership of the submerged lands beneath the Middle Fork and North Fork of the Fortymile River. This lawsuit comes on the heels of other successful efforts to confirm the state's ownership of navigable waterways across Alaska. "Unlike many other areas in the U.S., Alaska's waterways are very much still used as highways," said Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth. "It's...

  • Trilogy Metals Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects, Arctic Mine, Bornite copper cobalt

    Gov. Walker releases Ambler Road funds

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker Nov. 27 approved the release of funds to complete the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for the Ambler Mining District Access Project, a proposed 211-mile industrial access road that would link one of the richest known undeveloped mineral regions on Earth to Alaska's highway system. "The Ambler Mining District provides an immense opportunity for economic development in northern Alaska and moving through the EIS process is an important step to...

  • CERN LHC, Critical Minerals Alaska - Indispensable Twins niobium tantalum

    Critical Minerals AK – Indispensable Twins

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    With nearly indistinguishable physical and chemical properties, niobium and tantalum are almost always found together in nature. Both are also critical to the defense, energy and high-tech sectors in the United States, but neither are mined domestically. For these reasons, the United States Geological Survey considers these transition metals "indispensable twins" that are critical to America's economic and strategic wellbeing. "Niobium and tantalum are transition metals that...

  • Drilling tech for mineral exploration

    Ben Howard, Special to Mining News|Updated Dec 14, 2018

    Whilst the mining industry continues to shift on several levels, mineral exploration is still very much needed in determining where new mineral deposits are located. Technology has helped mineral exploration techniques evolve from a time consuming endeavor marked by unreliable sample quality and a high environmental impact, to a highly efficient process with lower environment impact and consistent grade control for accurate sampling, eliminating the need for multiple samples... Full story

  • A Taurus' Role in the Age of Aquarius

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated Dec 1, 2018

    There can be no doubt that April 27, 1973, was an auspicious day in Nebraska, not just because Jason Brune, Governor-Elect Dunleavy's pick to become the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, was borne then and there; but because it was also the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. One does not need to cast horoscopes to recognize that this astrological era is said to be one of harmony and understanding. Nor does one have to know Brune well to... Full story

  • PolarX Millrock Resources explore Stellar Zackly Alaska Range copper gold

    PolarX finds Alaska's great mineral wealth

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 30, 2018

    PolarX Ltd. has put together an 85,750-acre (347 square miles) land package just off Alaska's road system that already hosts deposits rich in copper and gold yet remains vastly under-explored. This 22-mile- (35 kilometers) long property, known as Alaska Range, is made up of two adjacent projects – Stellar and Caribou Dome – the Australia-based exploration company brought together in 2017. Stellar, currently the primary focus of PolarX's exploration, already boasts 90.4 mil... Full story

  • Golden Triangle high-grade gold porphyry copper gold exploration drilling BC

    GT Gold explores its own Golden Triangle

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 30, 2018

    Long sections of high-grade gold and silver at the Saddle South discovery on GT Gold Corp.'s Tatogga property at the northern tip of British Columbia's Golden Triangle catapulted this newly formed exploration company into the spotlight in 2017. With intercepts such as seven meters of 51.53 g/t gold and 117.38 g/t silver; 12.2 meters of 14.75 g/t gold; 3.4 meters of 48.85 g/t gold; 8.3 meters of 20.02 g/t gold; and three meters averaging 31.79 g/t gold and 1,141 g/t silver, it... Full story

  • Advanced exploration gold mine development project permitting Nunavut

    Exploration poised to pay off

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Nov 30, 2018

    It's been nearly 10 years since Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. began exploring the Back River property in western Nunavut. But the decade-long pursuit of gold in this remote stretch of the Canadian territory could pay off big for the junior as the project enters the final stages of development Back River is one of several advanced projects being propelled toward first gold in Nunavut, but its relative isolation from infrastructure and historic gold mining makes it unique among p... Full story

  • Lucky Strike gold exploration project White Gold District Yukon

    Goldstrike tries luck at Lucky Strike

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Nov 30, 2018

    Goldstrike Resources Ltd. might be feeling lucky, but that doesn't mean the Canadian gold explorer is easing up in its aggressive push into Yukon Territory. Instead of kicking back and reveling in the C$53 million payday from Newmont Mining Corp., its new partner in exploring the highly prospective Plateau gold property in central Yukon, Goldstrike's management team immediately began positioning the organization to deliver what could become the next big gold discovery in the... Full story

  • Zinc exploration at historic Pine Point Mine NWT

    Explorer drills historic Pine Point

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Nov 30, 2018

    Having resumed drilling following spring break-up, Osisko Metals Ltd. is carrying out one of the largest base metals exploration programs under way in Canada this year at its Pine Point zinc-lead project, a former zinc and lead producing mining camp located near Hay River, NWT and about 200 kilometers (124 miles) to the south of Yellowknife across Great Slave Lake. The objective of Osisko's 50,000-meter drill program in 2018 is to convert 50 million metric tons of... Full story