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August 17, 2016

New IGS Xplore prospectivity maps for Botswana

International Geoscience Services have released a series of base metal prospectivity maps for the Ngamiland District of northwestern Botswana using free geodata available on the recently-launched Botswana Geoscience Portal, hosted by Geosoft. The maps identify favorable areas for copper, zinc and lead mineralization using geological, geochemical and geophysical datasets downloaded directly from the portal.

August 11, 2016

NexGen Makes New High Grade Discovery

NexGen Energy reported the discovery of a new high grade zone of mineralization 4.7 km northeast of the Arrow Deposit as part of an on-going summer drilling program on its 100% owned, Rook I property, Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan...

August 10, 2016

Rampion UXO Disposal to Take Place This Week

E.ON has confirmed that the two unexploded devices, detected along the Rampion offshore cable route will be safely disposed this week following the consultation with the Marine Management Organisation...

August 9, 2016

Diamonds In The Rough: E&Ps Find New Reserves In Mature Basins

The oil industry’s history demonstrates clearly that new plays and prospects have long been found in mature basins that were thought to be well on the way to being squeezed dry. Through the acquisition of new data, developing new concepts and coming up with fresh interpretations, long-producing basins around the world from the North Sea to Malaysia have continued to reveal new riches...

August 8, 2016

Northern Shield Identifies High Quality VTEM Targets at Séquoi

Northern Shield Resources announced the results of the interpretation and modelling of the VTEM survey from the Séquoi Property in the Labrador Trough of Quebec . Séquoi is owned 100% by Northern Shield and is being explored for Noril'sk style Ni-Cu-PGE massive sulphides. After geophysical modelling and interpretation of the VTEM data from Séquoi, six VTEM anomalies of significant interest have been identified...

August 3, 2016

Rio Tinto tailors big data drive to copper

Rio Tinto will put the weight of an exploration big data push and its newly-formed Growth and Innovation group behind its desire to identify a "tier 1" copper asset. Speaking at the annual Diggers & Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie, Growth and Innovation group executive Stephen McIntosh said Australia was "overdue for a tier 1" mineral discovery of any type...

August 1, 2016

Tetra Tech Awarded $200 Million Navy CLEAN Contract

Tetra Tech announced that it has been awarded a $200 million, single-award contract by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic. Through the Comprehensive Long-term Environmental Action Navy (CLEAN) contract, Tetra Tech will provide environmental engineering support services to installations within the NAVFAC Atlantic Area of Responsibility...

May 3, 2016

NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS), MODUM Partners announce "Young Scientist Summer School on Sea Dumped Chemical Weapons"

This international project cooperates closely with CHEMSEA (Search and Assessment of Chemical Weapons) Project for and sharing and knowledge transfer...

April 12, 2016

Monday mad rush for gold stocks

Renewed optimism about the outlook for gold saw investors pile back into gold stocks, pushing many stock to 52-week highs in heavy volumes...

April 11, 2016

Medgold Resources: Continues to Expand the Boticas Gold Project, Portugal; Proposes $200,000 Private Placement

Medgold Resources is pleased to announce new assay results from contiguous rock-chip sampling from the Limarinho South zone at its Boticas gold project in Portugal, which include a highlight of 6.0m @ 5.7 g/t Au...

April 8, 2016

De-carbonizing our energy sector

Nuclear energy currently provides around 11 percent of the world's electricity. China, the European Union, the United States, India, Russia, South Korea, and other nations’ have major existing fleets...

April 1, 2016

Follow-Up Drilling Results Indicate Wide Gold Zones at Hendricks Gold Discovery

Gascoyne Resources Limited announced that it has received the final assay results from the 10,000 metre aircore exploration drilling programme...

March 26, 2016

The Oil Market Is Finally Hitting Its Breaking Point

After a significant reduction in investments over the past two years, oil companies can no longer overcome the production declines from legacy wells...

March 15, 2016

N-Sea Expands into the French Offshore Wind Industry

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, has signed a letter of intent with CERES Recherches & Expertise Sous-Marine and TechSub Industrie Environement, to provide subsea survey, installation and remediation services to the French offshore wind industry...

March 9, 2016

PDAC 2016 Convention Exceeds 22,000 Attendees

Optimism and opportunity abounded at the PDAC 2016 Convention of The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada in spite of recent industry challenges...

March 3, 2016

6 Alpha Launches EOD Contracting Division

6 Alpha Associates, a specialist risk consultancy practice, with expertise in the assessment and management of unexploded ordnance, has launched a dedicated explosive ordnance disposal division...

February 10, 2016

Cameco's new uranium discovery revealed

Canada's top uranium producer has a significant new discovery nearby to one of its largest existing mines...

February 9, 2016

NexGen Drills Most Intense Mineralization to Date at Arrow

NexGen announces further results from its on-going six rig 30,000 m winter 2016 drill program on its 100% owned Rook I Property in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan...

February 9, 2016

Rio Tinto scales up its big data ambitions

Rio Tinto is opening its "vast troves" of exploration data to junior explorers in the hopes they will help sift for opportunities and supply ideas and labour...

February 8, 2016

Online portal improves access to geoscience data from Africa

The Botswana Geoscience Institute is launching a Geoscience Portal...

February 8, 2016

5 Best Minerals & Fossils To Buy With Your IRS Tax Refund

You just got your IRS tax refund and now you're presented with some cash to go out and buy one of a kind minerals and fossils from your local...

February 5, 2016

World's largest offshore windfarm to be built off Yorkshire coast

Dong Energy makes final investment decision on 1.2-gigawatt project that will power more than a million UK homes...

February 2, 2016

World's top 10 rookie gold mines

These high-grade mines will soon start competing with gold mining's industry leaders ...

January 25, 2016

Exxon Mobil Corp's defiant outlook predicts Canadian and Venezuelan oilsands output will 'quadruple' over next 24 years

In sharp contrast to the grim medium-term prognosis for the Canadian oilsands, Exxon Mobil Corp. is predicting sunnier times for bitumen in the decades ahead...

January 23, 2016

Magnetic Survey Keeps Cost Down

At a contaminated furniture factory site in North Carolina, a reconnaissance magnetic survey was conducted toward the end of a Phase 2 investigation ...

Training Tomorrow's Geoscientists
Oklahoma State University School of Geology

The Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University excels in geological research whether students are interested in unconventional hydrocarbon plays or water quality issues of Oklahoma, incipient continental rifting in Africa, geomorphological changes in Antarctica, dolomitization of the Irish Midlands, extensional tectonics in Western Turkey, structural studies in Death Valley, biostratigraphy in Pakistan, Holocene seal level changes in the Gulf of Mexico, or geology of the Himalayas. They offer programs leading to Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.) and Ph.D. degrees in Geology.  Oklahoma State University (OSU) offers special emphasis in petroleum geology, exploration geophysics, sedimentary geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, paleontology, and environmental geology. The Department presently includes 10 full-time tenure track faculty members, approximately 100 undergraduate students and 40 graduate students.

Professor Estella Atekwana teaches Potential Field Methods at Oklahoma State University

Professor Estella Atekwana teaches Potential Field Methods at Oklahoma State University

Geology is a discipline that involves interpreting the history of earth; discovering, recognizing and using natural resources to promote the quality of human life; and occupying the planet more safely through awareness of events that continue to shape its surface. The mission of the OSU School of Geology is to provide students with a broad perspective of the skills essential for discovery of geologic knowledge.

Educating the next generation of geophysicists now requires training students to be proficient in technologically advanced software tools. For Estella Atekwana, Ph.D, Professor and Sun Chair at Oklahoma State University's Boone Pickens School of Geology, the tool of choice is Geosoft's Education Program – a kit that enables her students to easily process, analyze and interpret magnetic and gravitational data.

"I've used a Geosoft Research License, since I first started teaching 18 years ago," says Atekwana. "Now with the Education Kit, we have 10 licenses, so that more students have access to the software. It's also very easy to use, which means that students can focus on the task at hand, rather than how to use the software."

Geosoft's Education License Kits are available in two configurations. For multidisciplinary geoscience teaching, the kit includes Oasis montaj™ plus extension for: Geophysics, Geochemistry, Magmap, Drill Hole Plotting and a GM-SYS Lab Kit. The Education Kit for GIS configuration includes 10 subsurface geology software licenses of Target for ArcGIS.

Professor Atekwana purchased the Kit a year ago, when Geosoft first introduced the teaching kit to the geoscience market. The software has become integral in supporting the curriculum of both her undergrad and graduate classes.

"My teaching style is to give students a strong theoretical background, and then a lot of hands-on experience," Atekwana says. "In the working world, theory is second to knowing how to process and interpret data."

Students of Atekwana's Potential Field Methods course use Oasis montaj in learning gravity and magnetic exploration methods. Homework assignments and projects include processing, modelling data, and then interpreting the data. Students also expected to make a PowerPoint presentation.

First, Atekwana has students write simple programs to calculate x, y, and z derivates or upward and downward continuation, so that they understand the process. Then, they use Oasis montaj to process larger data sets and to visualize the data through the software's enhanced graphics.

"Students gain experience processing vast data sets, which is a skill that they'll need as working geoscientists," Atekwana says. "The software also enables them to enhance certain features, such as shallow subsurface structures."

Demand is growing for geoscientists skilled in magnetic and gravity geophysical methods

Demand is growing for geoscientists skilled in magnetic and gravity geophysical methods

According to Atekwana, there is a strong demand in today's geoscience industry for geoscientists who are skilled in magnetic and gravity geophysical methods. Historically, geophysicists have been experts in seismic and electrical methods, for resource exploration projects and for locating contaminants in environmental investigations. With today's increased oil prices, the oil and gas sector is looking for expertise not only in the seismic methods but also in magnetic and gravity techniques which, when compared with seismic methods, are significantly cheaper (especially in the preliminary stages of exploration).

"With the recent hike in oil prices, there is a push for exploration and geoscientists that have experience in magnetic and gravitational geophysics," Atekwana says. "Exploration companies want to know where sedimentary basins are and the thickness of the sedimentary package. With Geosoft's software, you can process magnetic and gravity data follow up with seismic data and then verify seismic findings.

"My students are trained in these techniques and so, are highly in demand. In fact, two of my students landed jobs working with oil companies last summer."

For Atekwana, Geosoft's software is an important geophysical instrument that helps prepare students for their chosen profession as leading geoscientists, who deliver a higher level of accuracy in their interpretations. "We are trying to take physics and math and make sense of the geology," she says. "Geophysical tools help minimize uncertainty, so that we can make more accurate interpretations of the subsurface."