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Exclusive evaluations and opinion of junior mining company projects, important and emerging mining and exploration districts. We provide reviews of current exploration and mining projects as well as compelling news from the world of geology and exploration. Our free knowledge base of articles on exploration geology and geological methods is written with the non-professional in mind. Learn the basics of geological exploration, drilling, key commodities and mining. Read about mineral deposit types and important discoveries.

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Keep your House Warm with “Volcanic Popcorn”

The term ‘volcanic popcorn’ was coined in order to describe the volcanic rock named perlite. Early records include Charles Ballenger ...

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Fertilizer from South Australia’s Sugarloaf Graphite Deposit?

You may not think of farming and mining as two complimentary activities, but what most people don’t know is that ...

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Moss Forest

Exploration Is Multidisciplinary: Exploring the Relationships Between Geologists and Biologists

Often biologists and geologists are portrayed as being at odds on their views of resource development. Biologists are typically seen as ...

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The Villarica Volcano Erupts: Credit Aton Chile / AP Photo

Chile Gives Us A Lesson in Plate Tectonics

At 3am in the small town of Pucón in southern Chile, the Villarica volcano put on an incredible light show, ...

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Mining Properties and Project Reviews

Helicopter on Ascot's Silback-Premier Property
Source Ascot 2014 43-101

Ascot Resources Ltd: Premier Gold Property

Over the “doldrums” of  summer I watched the usual news stream of AGM’s, depressing corporate updates, mildly unexciting exploration updates, leavened with the ...

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Drilling at the Curraghinalt Deposit

Dalradian Resources – Gold in Northen Ireland

When I was a young geologist, unwise in the ways of alteration vectors and gold-pyrite solid solution, I had the ...

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Fruta Del Norte Camp Overview - Photo from Lundin Gold

Fruta Del Norte – The Canadian Junior Exploration Industry in a Microcosm

Fruta Del Norte, is one of the largest, highest grade undeveloped gold deposits currently in existence and was also the ...

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The Saxendrift Processing plant at Dusk - Photo from Rockwell Diamonds

Rockwell Diamond Inc – Saxendrift Diamond Mine

For untold millennia the Orange River of South Africa has slowly flowed to the sea, untroubled by glaciers or volcanoes, ...

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Great Deposits – Grasberg Part 3 – Mining and Engineering

In our first two articles we discussed the history and geology of the Grasberg Mine and it is now time to come back ...

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Lacustrine mud that is interbedded with salt and saturated with lithium brine underlies the surface of Salar de Uyuni.
"Before Sunrise, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia" CC BY 2.0 Dimitry B. on flickr.

Lithium: Commodity Overview

Lithium (Li) is a metallic element that is most often found in granitic “pegmatites” (intrusive igneous rocks), brines (salty solutions), seawater ...

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Satellite Photo of the Grasberg-Ertsberg Mining district (from Lynn 2006)

Great Deposits- Grasberg Part 2 – Geology

In Grasberg Part 1 we discussed the social and cultural aspects of the Grasberg deposit and outlined it’s long and fascinating ...

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Silica Mine, Alberta, credit pixelhouse on flickr CC BY 2.0

Silica and Diatomite: Commodity Overview

Silica Silica (SiO2) occurs naturally as crystalline quartz, some less important forms of quartz, and opal. Quartz can be found ...

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