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Thriving Regions Partnership Project

The Harris Centre's Thriving Regions Partnership Process is a new program designed to build sustainable relationships between researchers and regional partners. Dr. Derek Wilton’s project has been chosen to move forward in the region of the Baie Verte Peninsula.

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Mineral Deposits at Voisey's Bay

Dr. Derek Wilton was recently interviewed by Terry Roberts from CBC for a story on the mineral deposits at Voisey’s Bay.

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Graduate students best in the world in field development challenge

A team of Memorial graduate students has won the 2018 European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers’ Laurie Dake Challenge.

On June 11 the Memorial Aion Energy Team was one of eight international teams that presented fully integrated development and evaluation plans to a jury at the event in Copenhagen, Denmark. Memorial was one of two Canadian universities to compete in the final challenge.

 

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Faculty and Alumni Presented Awards at PEGNL Dinner

The Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL) Awards dinner was recently held with many individuals from the Department of Earth Sciences and our alumni presented awards.

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Dr. John Hanchar participates at the SEG-SGA-UNESCO Metallogeny Course

Dr. John Hanchar participated in the most recent edition (2017) of the SEG-SGA-UNESCO Latin American Metallogeny Course that was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in November 2017. This year the course was run under the general title of “Geology and geochemistry of magmatic-hydrothermal deposits from the Central Andes” and included 66 geologists interested in the knowledge and exploration of ore deposits from six Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru), Australia, Spain, Canada, and the UK.

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Memorial University Team wins the EAGE Laurie Dake challenge

Congratulations to Larry Sandoval (Geophysics), Francis Mujica (Petrophysics), Daniel Sivira (Geology), and Jenny Kim (Reservoir Engineering) who have won the final round of the EAGE Laurie Dake in Copenhagen on June 10th, 2018. This was the first time that a Memorial University team has qualified for the finals in this competition.

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Dr. John Jamieson joins expedition drilling underwater volcano

Dr. John Jamieson, Canada Research Chair in Marine Geology, is currently on board the JOIDES Resolution, a scientific drilling ship operated by the International Ocean Discovery Program. Dr. Jamieson is part of an international research group currently on a 2-month expedition to Brothers Volcano, an active submarine volcano north of New Zealand.

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PhD Student Mackenie Patrick Receives PGS D Award

Congratulations to PhD student Mackenzie Patrick who has been awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship-Doctoral (PGS D) from The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). This prestigious award provides financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering.

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Memorial scientist calls on world to act on conserving space sites

A scientific study led by Memorial University has concluded global action is required to protect a number of significant geological features on Mars, the moon and other planets and celestial bodies.

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Student Winners at GAC-NL Meeting

The Geological Association of Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador Section (GAC-NL) Annual Technical Meeting was held at the Johnston Geocentre, St. John’s from February 19th to 20th, 2018. This meeting included presentations from industry, academia and government, highlighting the remarkable geoscience research being carried out in the province. As always, there was a strong representation from students at Memorial University, with 15 graduate and undergraduate students presenting their research at the meeting. In order to honour the exceptional work of these students, GAC-NL decided to present awards to the best student presentations.

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Golden footprint - Earth sciences graduate student mapping ore deposits in real time

A Memorial graduate student is helping gold prospectors in Central Newfoundland zero in on new deposits — and fast.

Sam Ybarra, a master’s student in the Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, who hails from Columbus, Mississippi, is using infrared spectroscopy to collect mineralogical and geochemical data in real time.

Working with his supervisor, Dr. Steve Piercey, Mr. Ybarra has been mapping fluid rock, ore-forming footprints in Baie Verte, N.L., in partnership with Anaconda Mining.

Orogenic gold is formed when rocks along faults in the earth’s crust fracture and release water. As the fluid escapes, it scavenges gold from the rocks it passes and, when a favourable location is found, the gold is deposited.

The fizzy, carbon dioxide- and gold-bearing hot water also reacts with the rocks themselves, forming new minerals — a process called hydrothermal alteration.

 

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Golden footprint - Earth sciences graduate student mapping ore deposits in real time

A Memorial graduate student is helping gold prospectors in Central Newfoundland zero in on new deposits — and fast.

Sam Ybarra, a master’s student in the Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, who hails from Columbus, Mississippi, is using infrared spectroscopy to collect mineralogical and geochemical data in real time.

Working with his supervisor, Dr. Steve Piercey, Mr. Ybarra has been mapping fluid rock, ore-forming footprints in Baie Verte, N.L., in partnership with Anaconda Mining.

Orogenic gold is formed when rocks along faults in the earth’s crust fracture and release water. As the fluid escapes, it scavenges gold from the rocks it passes and, when a favourable location is found, the gold is deposited.

The fizzy, carbon dioxide- and gold-bearing hot water also reacts with the rocks themselves, forming new minerals — a process called hydrothermal alteration.

 

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