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 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Molten gold pours into a bar mold at the Fort Knox mine.

Alaska mine value tops $4 billion in 2023

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... — Updated 3/12/2024 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
A canvas-enclosed drill rig glows yellow as it tests a KSM deposit at night.

BC unveils Critical Minerals Strategy 1.0

As a mineral-rich Canadian province and a top global hub for mineral exploration and mining, British Columbia has the geology and technical expertise to be a global powerhouse when it comes to... — Updated 2/22/2024 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
A train passes along a river and fireweed on the White Pass and Yukon Route.

Forging a Golden Arc mining alliance

Is it time for BC, Yukon, Alaska to forge an alliance to unlock critical mineral wealth, usher in new era of prosperity in the 21st century? The extremely mineral-rich geology that sweeps in a rough... — Updated 1/25/2024 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
The Red Dog camp and mill facilities reflect off a pond during a summer day.

Alaska Standard for mining energy metals

State's inaugural sustainability report details the ESG advantages of looking North to Alaska for energy transition metals. The global energy transition has steered Alaska to a critical minerals... — Updated 12/1/2023 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Chess board underlain by China and US flags representing strategic positioning.

AMA gathering abuzz with critical minerals

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... — Updated 11/30/2023 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Flowers add color to the picturesque Swiss-style alpine Beaver Creek Village.

Capital as thin as air at Beaver Creek

BEAVER CREEK, COLO. – The thin air at the 8,100-foot elevation of the 2023 Precious Metals Summit at Beaver Creek offers a perfect allegory for the markets faced by the gold and silver mineral e... — Updated 11/10/2023 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Two drillers test a nickel deposit on a warm late summer day in Alaska.

Alaska Energy Metals project rediscovered

NIKOLAI, ALASKA – Alaska Energy Metals Corp. President and CEO Greg Beischer has returned to finish what he started when he first landed in Alaska as a young geologist for INCO Ltd. in 1995 – out... — Updated 9/14/2023

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Underground mine in an outline of Alaska on a critical minerals background.

Alaska critical minerals take center stage

From the Pentagon's multi-million-dollar investment in Graphite One Inc. to China's restrictions on the exports of gallium and germanium, Alaska's current critical minerals supply and future... — Updated 8/31/2023

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Drill outline multi-million-ounce gold resource north of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Group behind Felix excited about Alaska

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... — Updated 7/20/2023

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Daniel Yergin and Gov. Dunleavy onstage for a fireside chat on Alaska energy.

US Permitting pandemic plagues Alaska

Alaska's unparalleled potential to be a major domestic supplier of the minerals and metals critical to the clean energy transition attracted some of North America's top commodities investors and... — Updated 6/29/2023

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
A view of the ends of various-sized copper cables for electrical transmission.

A northern solution to copper shortage

The North of 60 Mining area hosts billions of pounds of copper ready to be delivered to a world craving this metal in sky-high demand for wiring the electric vehicles and renewable energy... — Updated 5/11/2023 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Pin in a map north of Great Slave Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

Yellowknife emerging as EV metals hub

The Northwest Territories capital city of Yellowknife is emerging as a northern link in North America's electric vehicle supply chain. Already home to Canada's only rare earths mine, a... — Updated 4/10/2023 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Silver bars and a balance scale with gold on one side and weights on the other.

North of 60 Mining M&A activity heats up

From competing offers for an exploration company with large and intriguing mineral projects in the Yukon, to the world's largest gold miner making a US$17 billion bid to buyout an Australian mining... — Updated 3/23/2023

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Closeup of highly mineralized half core from drilling at Eskay Creek in BC.

BC First Nations forge mining alliances

British Columbia's Golden Triangle is poised for a mining boom that raises the bar when it comes to achieving the higher environmental, social, and guidance expectations for companies that produce... — Updated 3/2/2023

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
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America's largest critical minerals mine

On Feb. 22, 2022, Teck Resources Ltd.'s Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska became the largest critical minerals operation in the United States, both in terms of quantity and value of the materials... — Updated 2/21/2023 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
A ribbon of green aurora arcs above Meliadine Mine building lit up at night.

Bolstering North of 60 mineral exploration

With mineral exploration expenditures nearly doubling over the past year, Nunavut has dethroned Yukon as the most popular Canadian territory to discover and expand deposits of industrial, precious,... — Updated 12/15/2022 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Sample jars being fed into a PhotonAssay machine for gold analysis.

Lightspeed answer to backlogged assays

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 s... — Updated 12/3/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Underground chrome mine in an outline of Alaska and critical minerals.

49 critical minerals in the 49th State

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... — Updated 11/16/2022 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
The Ekati diamond mine is surrounded by lakes found on a flat arctic expanse.

Underwater mining for Ekati diamonds

Underwater mining conjures images of the dredging up gold-rich marine placers off the beaches of Nome, Alaska, diamonds from the ocean floor of the coast of Namibia, or collecting potato-sized... — Updated 10/20/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Piles of praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium.

Alaska's minerals – a national imperative

Russia's invasion of Ukraine, America's tenuous relationship with China, and global competition for the enormous volume of mined materials needed to build the envisioned clean energy future has elev... — Updated 9/15/2022 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
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 per ounce of p... — Updated 9/3/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
A Nechalacho ore sorter operator looks over bags of rare earths concentrates.

NWT mining future takes a critical turn

Rare earths from the Nechalacho Mine being delivered into the supply chain marks the opening of a new critical minerals chapter in the story of mining in Northwest Territories – a saga that includes... — Updated 7/7/2022 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Core from drilling through high-grade graphite in western Alaska.

Alaska sustainable energy key for mining

The global transition to low-carbon energy and transportation is both an incredible opportunity and daunting challenge for Alaska's mining sector. On the one hand, Alaska is incredibly enriched... — Updated 6/30/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Winter view of the Diavik diamond mining operation in NWT, Canada.

A nuclear option for mines in the North

What if remote mines and communities across Alaska and Canada's North could plug into batteries the size of cargo containers that could deliver multi-megawatt levels of zero-carbon electricity for... — Updated 6/2/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
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Golden Tahltan mining in Northern BC

While Golden Triangle is an apt and easily marketable moniker for northwest British Columbia's incredible mineral endowment, Tahltan Territory more accurately and thoroughly encapsulates the rich... — Updated 5/5/2022

 

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