Breaking New Ground

Academic research is paving the way for smarter, more efficient, exploration

Danae Voormeij investigating artisanal mining pits in the West African jungle, Liberia. Although scientific research is necessary for successful mineral exploration, littl… Read More

Beyond Hollywood’s Imagination

The latest drilling techniques are about more than just getting rock in the box

In the 1998 film Armageddon, a group of rugged drillers led by Bruce Willis’ character is recruited to save the world by drilling into an Earth-bound asteroid to lower a nuclear dev… Read More

Analytics on the Go

Portable versions of traditional tools are moving mineral analysis from the lab to the field

The technological world around us is becoming more advanced and compact every day, with the processing power of a desktop computer from a decade ago now fitting into your smartpho… Read More

Innovation retrospective

The top 10 technological discoveries in the last 25 years

One of my favourite movies of all time is Stanley Kubrick’s epic Full Metal Jacket. Among his numerous memorable quotes, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman states that, “the world’s most d… Read More

Mining 4 Everyone

CIM's 2014 convention this May will showcase the inclusive culture of the mining industry

“Mining 4 Everyone” is the theme that will drive topics of discussion at the upcoming CIM 2014 Convention taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre from May 10 to 13. The conv… Read More

Back to School

Innovative educational programs are training the next generation of minerals industry workers

Tomorrow’s explorers: Patrick McAndless, VP exploration for Imperial Metals, with students, staff and elders at Camp Ganokwa, Smithers, at the August 2013 graduation ceremon… Read More

The Art of Exploration

Mineral exploration is predicated on science and the laws of nature, but it's also a visually driven quest for rare anomalies in obscure domains, which makes it an art as well

Exploring the Bunster Plateau, British Columbia by Ian Semple When it comes to the fine arts, the myth persists that scientists are too rational to make that leap, despite obvious… Read More