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By Shane Lasley
Mining News 

On frozen ground

Explorers are besting the challenges of winter drilling in Interior Alaska


Last updated 1/15/2018 at 6:48am

Shane Lasley

Despite the mercury dipping to a chilly minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, drill crews successfully tap into the Christina zone during a January 2012 program at Freegold Ventures' Golden Summit gold project north of Fairbanks, Alaska.

While the mineral exploration season in Interior Alaska typically runs from the time the ground dries in the spring, usually mid-May, until snow and cold weather make logistics too cumbersome and expensive in October, an increasing number of explorers are carrying out successful winter programs in this especially frigid region of the Far North State.

Without a doubt, mounting a successful explo...

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