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Metal Earth Project: Progress to Date

  • 22 Oct 2019
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • 34th Floor, One First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, Toronto
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Ross Sherlock, Director MERC-Metal Earth, Harquail School of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University

PLEASE NOTE: The location for this event has moved to Bennett Jones LLP in One First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, Suite 3400. Two blocks west from 20 Toronto Street. 

Speaker Biography:

Ross joined HES in August 2017 as a Chair in Exploration Targeting and the Director of MERC. Ross is a professional geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry and academic research. His career has spanned junior and senior mining companies, consulting and government surveys working nationally and internationally. Most recently, Ross was Vice President, Geoscience at Kinross Gold Corp. and Exploration Manager, North America at Gold Fields.

Ross Completed a Post-Doctoral  Fellowship at the Mineral Deposits Research Unit at UBV, PhD at the University of Waterloo, MSc at Lakehead University, and BSc (Honours) at McMaster University, Canada. He is a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) and Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO). 

Talk Abstract:

Metal Earth is a seven-year, research program led by the Mineral Exploration Research Centre at Laurentian University. It is funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, Laurentian University and Federal, Provincial, Territorial, Academic and Industry partners. Metal Earth is the largest mineral exploration research project ever conducted in Canada. Focused on the Archean era, Metal Earth will image entire ore and non-ore systems at full crust-mantle scale to determine the process responsible for Earth's differential metal endowment. 

In Canada, and similar jurisdictions, mineral resources are increasingly difficult and expensive to discover and develop. This is a function of established mining camps becoming increasingly mature which pushes exploration and development activities into remote and covered areas, or deep exploration in mature camps. The end result of this global trend is fewer discoveries and increased discovery costs on a per ounce basis. To slow and reverse this trend, the research community and the minerals industry need to collaboratively develop predictive tools to increase exploration success both in mature mining  camps and new districts. inherent in this research will be an improved understanding of the processes that result in Earth's differential metal endowment across geological time and how we explore for metals.

Metal Earth has completed its third full field season with over 50 geoscientists conducting targeted mapping in 2019 and completion of 1,000 km of reflection seismic, magnetotelluric and gravity surveys across variably endowed fault systems and volcanic centres of the Abitibi and Wabigoon subprovinces. Much of our work is field based, in an effort to provide updates to stakeholders and receive constructive feedback to our researchers, one of the main vehicles to disseminate data, results and interpretations through annual field trips for each transect. These are open to the public and are targeted to the exploration industry. 

This presentation will focus on progress to date and future plans for the project.

Thanks to our sponsor!

Big thanks to MERC at the Harquail School of Earth Sciences for sponsoring this talk and networking event!

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