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  • Molten gold pours into a bar mold at the Fort Knox mine.

    Alaska mine value tops $4 billion in 2023

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Zinc contributed most to state's mine production value during 2023; gold is poised to take the crown and make run toward 1 million ounces per year. At a value of $1.5 billion, zinc held onto its throne as the most valuable metal produced in Alaska during 2023. With production forecasts and price trends headed in opposite directions for zinc and gold, however, the gleaming precious metal that drew fortune-seekers North at the turn of the 20th century could soon regain the... Full story

  • Drill tests gold and antimony mineralization north of Fairbanks, Alaska.

    Group behind Felix excited about Alaska

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Jan 17, 2024

    Since emerging on the Alaska mineral exploration scene in 2021, Felix Gold Ltd. has amassed more than 150 square miles of gold-enriched properties in the Fairbanks Mining District and is working toward establishing an inaugural resource at one of the most prospective gold targets discovered so far on this enormous land package. As Felix carries out systematic drilling to outline an at-surface gold-antimony resource at the NW Array target on its Treasure Creek property about... Full story

  • Chess board underlain by China and US flags representing strategic positioning.

    AMA gathering abuzz with critical minerals

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 30, 2023

    From Pentagon's $37.5M grant to Graphite One to emerging nickel deposits, critical minerals are a hot AK mining topic. With Washington investing billions of dollars into ensuring safe and secure critical mineral supply chains, many mining companies are focusing more sharply on unlocking Alaska's potential to be a domestic source of the 50 minerals and metals critical to America's economic well-being and national security. The growing list of critical minerals being sought... Full story

  • Drill outline multi-million-ounce gold resource north of Fairbanks, Alaska.

    Group behind Felix excited about Alaska

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 20, 2023

    Australia-based Mine Discovery Fund launches Wiseman Metals to explore Doyon-owned copper & critical minerals properties; more deals to come. Since emerging on the Alaska mineral exploration scene in 2021, Felix Gold Ltd. has amassed more than 150 square miles of gold-enriched properties in the Fairbanks Mining District and is working toward establishing an inaugural resource at one of the most prospective gold targets discovered so far on this enormous land package. As Felix...

  • USGS geologist samples a mineralized outcrop on treeless slope in Alaska.

    USGS funds new Earth MRI scans in Alaska

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 1, 2023

    Home to deposits and prospects enriched with 49 out of the 50 minerals deemed critical to the United States, Alaska is the single best state in the nation to explore for the minerals and metals needed for clean energy, electric vehicles, high-tech devices, and military hardware. To gain a better understanding of the 49th State's critical minerals potential, the U.S. Geological Survey is investing an additional $5.8 million to explore specific regions of the state in 2023....

  • Geologist using a hammer to collect samples from a rock outcrop in Alaska.

    Earth MRI for Alaska critical minerals

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 3, 2022

    Alaska is known to be a trove of the minerals and metals critical to every segment of the American economy. This critical mineral richness is despite the fact that Alaska is a vast state that remains largely underexplored. To help gain a better understanding of the Last Frontier State's potential to provide domestic supplies of the 50 critical minerals, the U.S. Geological Survey has allotted $6.75 million to explore specific regions of the state for 29 critical minerals. The...

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

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

    David LePain Kyle Moselle Melanie Werdon|Updated Aug 18, 2022

    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, computers, televisions, and automobiles. They are also extremely important for powering the transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to one in which renewable energy is a major part of the energy mix. Many of these commodities have been designated as "critical minerals" by the U.S. federal... Full story

  • Kinross Gold AIDEA critical minerals rare earth elements REE zinc Red Dog Teck

    Alaska mine output continues to rise

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Mar 4, 2022

    Alaska mines produced roughly $3.89 billion worth of nonfuel minerals last year, a 23% increase over the estimated $3.16 billion produced in the 49th State during 2020, according to Mineral Commodity Summaries 2022 published by the United States Geological Survey on Jan. 31. The rise in Alaska mine production value is largely due to increased zinc and gold production, along with strong metals prices last year. According to early estimates by the Alaska Division of Geological...

  • Aleut Corporation Aleutian Islands ANSCA Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

    Aleut's Ring of Fire mineral potential

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Jan 6, 2022

    Aleut Corp. is committed to promoting economic opportunities for its more than 4,000 shareholders while preserving the traditional culture and values developed from living in a ruggedly beautiful stretch of Alaska. From the community of Sand Point on the Alaska Peninsula to Attu near the western end of 167 named Aleutian Islands extending more than 1,000 miles off Southwest Alaska, the Aleut Corp. region forms a boundary between the Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea. This... Full story

  • Critical metal cobalt used in battery cells electric vehicles, renewable energy

    Alaskan cobalt could supply EV demands

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 14, 2021

    Whether it is the exponential growth in electric vehicles traveling global highways, the massive need for storing energy at solar and wind electrical generating facilities, or cutting the cords on our electronic devices, the world is becoming increasingly dependent on lithium-ion batteries. And this is driving up the demand for cobalt, a critical safety ingredient in the cathodes of these energy storage cells. "Globally, the leading use is in the manufacture of cathode materia... Full story

  • Tin solder soldering iron computer circuit board

    Tin is the glue for the tech revolution

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 14, 2021

    Cans, cups, roofs, and foil hats are likely the first things that come to mind when thinking about tin – none of which conjure images of a metal that should be considered critical to a modern country like the United States. According to a study carried out by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, however, tin is the metal expected that be most impacted by new technologies. Commissioned by Rio Tinto, the MIT study found that tin beat out more likely technology metals candidate... Full story

  • Indium 49 element periodic table technology metal touchscreens smartphones

    Seeing through Alaska's indium paradox

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    While indium is not part of the everyday lexicon, if you are reading this article on your smartphone, computer or tablet there is a very good chance you are looking at (or more accurately, through) indium right now. This is because indium-tin oxide is used as a transparent conducting film applied to virtually every flat-panel display and touchscreen computer, tablet, and smartphone on the market. This thin coating transforms incoming electrical data into an optical form, a pro... Full story

  • Lightweight heat resistant strong durable aerospace metal

    Titanium demand is nearly all white

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    The United States imported more than 90% of the 1.4 million metric tons of titanium minerals it consumed during 2019. What the mass majority of this critical mineral was used for, however, may come as a surprise. While titanium's lightweight and extreme durability make it an excellent material for aircraft and high-performance sporting equipment, more than 90% of this mineral mined each year is used to impart a stark whiteness to a surprisingly wide variety of consumer goods w... Full story

  • 17 rare earth elements REES include dysprosium neodymium terbium europium

    North to Alaska for rare earth elements

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    Due to their vital importance to American manufacturing and the fact that 100% of U.S. supply comes from overseas, primarily China, rare earth elements top the list of minerals and metals deemed critical to the United States. When the U.S. Geological Survey plugged in 52 critical mineral commodities into a recently developed supply risk tool, six rare earth elements – dysprosium (No. 1), yttrium (No. 2), neodymium (No. 3), lanthanum (No. 5), cerium (No. 6) and praseodymium (... Full story

  • Periodic table of elements critical minerals metals niobium platinum

    Earth MRI funds critical Alaska projects

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 15, 2020

    The U.S. Geological Survey and Association of American State Geologists have approved $1.1 million of funding for mapping and geological surveys aimed at gaining a better understanding of Alaska's critical minerals potential. This funding includes $634,000 in grants to the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys for geologic mapping and geochemical analyses for an area of the Western Tanacross region near Alaska's eastern border with Canada's Yukon; and $500,000...

  • Contango ORE CEO Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse founder Novagold Trilogy Metals

    20 questions for Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 26, 2020

    North of 60 Mining News is proud to introduce 20 questions for 2020. Over the course of this series, Mining News will interview mining and political leaders from Alaska, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon. Each interview will include 20 questions on mining, markets and doing business across Alaska and Canada's North. For the inaugural 20 questions for 2020, Mining News talks with Contango ORE Inc. CEO Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse, a longtime mining executive... Full story

  • DGGS is seeking geophysics survey partners

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys June 7 announced that it is seeking partners to share the costs and results of airborne magnetic and radiometric geophysical surveys planned to be flown this summer over the Yukon-Tanana uplands of eastern Alaska. The survey intends to gather data from a 5,236-square-mile (13,562 square kilometers) primary area extending roughly 125 miles (200 kilometers) east of Fairbanks; and, if funding allows, a 2,751-square mile...

  • Unbridled enthusiasm keeps miners happy

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

    Those of you that attended the recent Cordilleran Roundup Convention in Vancouver can attest to the exuberant, upbeat atmosphere that pervaded the conference and was very much in evidence at the standing-room only festivities at our annual self-hosted Alaska Night meet and greet. But digging down under this veneer of optimism, many of the junior explorers and most of the producers admitted to their expectations of challenging times in 2019. Putting words to this apparent... Full story

  • Revealing Alaska's critical minerals

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 10, 2020

    Geologists familiar with Alaska already know the Far North State is a great place to explore for critical minerals and metals such as graphite, rare earths, platinum metals, cobalt and tin. A new report published by the U.S. Geological Survey, however, indicates that Alaska may be richer in these and other minerals and metals vital to the economy and security of the United States than previously realized. Working alongside the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical... Full story

  • Alaska is rich in critical rare earths

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 22, 2020

    Alaska is rich in rare earth, a unique group of elements that are so distinctive that most are placed in their own separate section at the bottom of the periodic table. While scientist have long realized that rare earths possessed distinctive characteristics that set them apart from their fellow elements, it wasn't until the advent of the color television in the 1960s that these unique properties had any sort of widespread practical application. Over the ensuing five decades,... Full story

  • Copper turns green with critical minerals

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 22, 2020

    While copper is not on the United States Geological Survey's list of 35 minerals and metals critical to America, there is no doubt of this metal's importance to both the everyday and avant-garde technologies vital to America's economy and security. "None of the other critical minerals work without copper," Trilogy Metals President and CEO Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse told Mining News. Automobiles are a prime example of how emerging technologies and green energy will drive the demand... Full story

  • Getting hooked on Cassiterite deposits leads to other critical minerals

    Tin – Alaska's gateway critical mineral

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 22, 2020

    With more than 100 known tin occurrences, Alaska is considered the best place in America to establish a domestic source of this critical alloy metal that has defined human progress since the dawn of the Bronze Age. "Today, Alaskan tin deposits are known to be widespread, occurring from the central Alaska Range north to the Brooks Range and across Interior Alaska ... Southwest Alaska and the Seward Peninsula," according to the 1997 publication, Mineral Deposits of Alaska. And... Full story

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    PGEs – the hard-working precious metals

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 22, 2020

    The six platinum group elements – platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium, and osmium – are amongst the rarest metals on Earth. This scarcity, coupled with PGEs' uses in the automotive, petrochemical and electronics industries, has this group of industrious precious metals firmly planted on the United States Geological Survey's critical minerals list. "PGEs are indispensable to many industrial applications but are mined in only a few places," USGS inked in a 2017 rep... Full story

  • Virtually all flat-panel displays, touchscreens have indium coating

    Indium – the everyday metal you never see

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 22, 2020

    If you are reading this article on your computer, tablet or phone, you are almost certainly looking through indium as we speak; and, if that devise happens to be a touchscreen you have the unique properties of this critical mineral to thank as you scroll down to read more about indium and where it can be found in Alaska. This is because indium-tin oxide is used as a transparent conducting film applied to virtually every flat-panel display and touchscreen on the market. This... Full story

  • Batteries create critical cobalt situation

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 22, 2020

    Cobalt is a critical safety ingredient in the cathodes of lithium-ion batteries powering the ever-increasing number of electric vehicles traveling global highways and a plethora of cordless electrical devices. "Globally, the leading use is in the manufacture of cathode materials for rechargeable batteries – primarily lithium-ion, nickel-cadmium, and nickel-metal-hydride batteries – which are used in consumer electronics, electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, energy sto... Full story

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