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 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... — Updated 11/17/2022 Full story

 
 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... — 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... — 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 futu... — 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... — 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... — 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... — Updated 6/30/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Teck Resources Alaska Red Dog zinc germanium critical minerals fiber optics

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... — Updated 6/11/2022 Full story

 
 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... — Updated 6/2/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Newcrest Mining Skeena Resources Chad Day Tahltan Central Government Canada

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... — Updated 5/5/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Victoria Gold Yukon Canada John McConnell Eagle Mine E.A. Scholz Award CEO

Award-winning success at Eagle Gold

People. Victoria Gold Corp. CEO John McConnell's answer could not be more concise or clear when asked about the secret behind junior exploration turned gold producing company's success... — Updated 2/24/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
assays pending 2022 Victoria Gold HighGold Mining Benchmark Metals

Assays are still pending going into 2022

Assays are pending, the unofficial slogan of the 2021 mineral exploration season across Alaska and Canada's North, is a phrase that continues to echo in a void left by the lack of drill r... — Updated 2/3/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth

A North of 60 rare earths supply chain

A recent agreement between Vital Metals Ltd. and Ucore Rare Metals Inc. marks a major milestone in establishing a complete North American rare earths supply chain with links in Northwest... — Updated 12/2/2021

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
State Alaska Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act LIsa Murkowski Dan Sullivan

Fed policies good, bad news for US miners

The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act brightens an otherwise gloomy outlook when it comes to federal policies that impact Alaska and its mining sector. "I believe this... — Updated 12/2/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Gil-Sourdough Kinross Gold Mike Dunleavy North of 60 Mining News Fort Knox Mill

Kinross Alaska breaks ground at Gil Mine

GIL-SOURDOUGH – With a Sept. 23 blast of explosives that fractured rock in preparation for the start of mining at Gil-Sourdough, Kinross Gold Corp. has raised the bar for mine openings... — Updated 10/28/2021

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Nova Minerals South32 Northern Star Resources Estelle gold property Alaska

Matching enormous Estelle gold potential

Adding to the major Australian investments in unlocking Alaska's mineral potential by South32 Ltd. and Northern Star Resources Ltd., junior explorer Nova Minerals Ltd. is briskly... — Updated 8/26/2021

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
White Rock Minerals Red Mountain Alaska Australia Last Chance Dry Creek

White Rock expands Red Mountain, again

White Rock Minerals Ltd. is carrying out the largest exploration program at Red Mountain, an already district-scale project in Alaska that keeps getting bigger as the Australian explorer... — Updated 8/26/2021

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Northern Star Resources Pogo Goodpaster Alaska Australia gold production record

Northern Star sets golden records at Pogo

Northern Star Resources Ltd.'s late 2018 acquisition of the Pogo gold mine in Alaska's Goodpaster Mining District was celebrated as both good news for the future of the underground gold... — Updated 8/26/2021

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Trilogy Metals South32 Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects Alaska Ambler District

South32 ups 2021 investments in Alaska

When Australia-based South32 Ltd. decided to expand its portfolio into the Northern Hemisphere, Alaska was its first stop. Under a deal struck with Trilogy Metals Inc. in 2017, South32... — Updated 8/26/2021

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Australian investments Alaska North of 60 Mining News White Rock Minerals

Aussie investments in AK mining top $100M

Accounting for at least US$100 million invested in mineral exploration and mine development in Alaska during 2021, Australian companies continue to work along the entire breadth of the... — Updated 8/26/2021

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Millrock Resources Resolution Minerals Fairbanks District Felix Gold Goodpaster

Millrock draws Aussie explorers to Alaska

An Alaska-based mineral explorer that has long attracted Australian companies to projects it has generated, Millrock Resources Inc. is actively working with two such companies on gold... — Updated 8/26/2021

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Discovery Africa Ragusa Minerals Monte Cristo Partin Creek Australia Alaska

Two Aussie mineral explorers enter Alaska

Alaska's largely untapped mineral potential continues to draw the interest of Down Under mining companies, including two Australian minerals explorers that picked up prospective land... — Updated 8/5/2021

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
PolarX Alaska Range Australian investments Zackly East Caribou Dome map

Exploring larger Alaska Range potential

High-grade deposits rich in copper, gold, and silver to bulk tonnage porphyry targets sought after by many of the world's major copper producers, Australia-based PolarX Ltd. has no... — Updated 8/5/2021

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Alaska mining legislature Clean Water Act Joe Biden Roadless Rule Tongass Forest

Biden seeks federal mining law overhaul

From reinstating the Roadless Rule in the Tongass Forest to replacing the General Mining Law of 1872, federal regulations being proposed by President Joe Biden threaten to rain on a... — Updated 7/29/2021

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Victoria Gold GT Western Copper Rio Tinto Newmont Coeur Yukon British Columbia

Major moves on northern mine projects

The ultimate goal for most junior exploration companies is to discover and advance a mineral deposit to the point that it is large and rich enough to attract the attention of a major... — Updated 6/24/2021 Full story

 

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