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October 5, 2015

Trace fossils in the Juniata and Tuscarora Formations

Route 33 in Pendleton County, West Virginia cuts across the lower Paleozoic stratigraphic section...

October 2, 2015

Petrobras' pre-salt drilling confirms high quality oil potential in Carcará

The drilling of the third well in the Carcará area (Block BM-S-8) in the Santos Basin's ultra-deep waters...

October 1, 2015

Eni enters Mexico with the development of three oil fields offshore

Eni won with a 100% share a production sharing contract to appraise, develop and exploit the oil fields...

September 23, 2015

Frank Arnott Award honors exploration visionary

A new award named in honor of Frank Arnott, a visionary geophysicist from the United Kingdom, has been introduced to recognize innovation in visualizing and integrating exploration data.

September 21, 2015

300m-year-old volcanoes discovered near Mullingar

Geographically, Ireland is often likened to a saucer: upturned at its mountainous edges and flat...

September 17, 2015

True giants of mining: World's top 10 iron ore mines

The price of iron ore on Thursday turned positive amid new signs that China...

September 15, 2015

GIS and History: Using the Past to Inform the Present

Using the power of Geographic Information Systems to track trends in everything from...

June 26, 2015

Where Big Data Jobs Are In 2015 - Midyear Update

Professional, scientific and technical services, information (IT), and manufacturing are the three industries doing the most Big Data-related hiring as of June, 2015...

June 25, 2015

Coiled Tubing Drill Rig Modified for H Coil

Trials of a new Coiled Tubing Drill Rig are underway in Australia. These rigs use a continuous, flexible tube, rather than drill rods, for faster, safer drilling at just 50c per meter...

June 17, 2015

First gas production from L6-B in the Dutch North Sea

Wintershall is expanding its natural gas production in the Netherlands: the unmanned mini-platform L6-B has started to produce natural gas off the Dutch North Sea coast. The first so called "Minimum Facility”...

June 16, 2015

Worldwide water quality app hits the web

Former Copernicus Masters competition winner EOMAP has launched the first harmonised, high-resolution inland water quality monitoring service based on satellite data...

June 15, 2015

Results from hole AR-15-44b add substantial size to NexGen's rapidly developing Arrow zone

NexGen reported on assay results for angled hole AR-15-44b from the successful winter 2015 program at the Arrow zone on its 100% owned Rook I property, Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan...

April 29, 2015

Signs of life in mineral exploration

The latest Monthly Industry Monitor from SNL Metals & Mining reports a welcome improvement in exploration activity in March....

April 28, 2015

High Priority Drill Targets Defined On Margaret Lake Property

Margaret Lake Diamonds Inc. in conjunction with its geophysical consultants, has completed a review of airborne gravity gradiometry ("AGG") data acquired for the Margaret Lake property in late 2014. The data review has identified 12 high priority targets that require evaluation by drilling...

April 23, 2015

Junior Mining Companies Have Taken A Senior Role

For the past decade, junior mining companies have outperformed senior miners at finding new mineral deposits in Canada and generating wealth for investors...

April 23, 2015

Is This Where Investors Should Be Looking When Oil Recovers?

When oil prices recover - and plenty of analysts think the climb back up will start soon - Canada's western frontier of Saskatchewan and neighboring Alberta will 'still have the edge', according to a report from TD Economics...

April 20, 2015

Exploring new options

In Mining Magazine's April 2015 Issue, Assistant Editor Aibhe Goodbody examines how innovations in mineral exploration are even more important during a downturn, and what's new in exploration drilling and software...

April 17, 2015

Cameco strikes deal to provide India with 7.1 million pounds of uranium

Cameco's first contract with India gives it access to the world's second-fastest-growing consumer of uranium just behind China...

April 8, 2015

New data on DAP: SRTM 30m for Europe and Africa

Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) 1 Arc-Second Global elevation data at a resolution of 1 arc-second (30 meters) are now available for Europe and Africa on the Geosoft Public DAP Server...

April 7, 2015

IBAAS 2015 symposium focuses on development of aluminium industry in China

The International Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium Society (IBAAS) is hosting an international symposium on "The Development and Future of Aluminium Industry in China - Reality and Dream” November 25-27, in cooperation with the China Aluminium International Engineering Corporation Limited (CHALIECO) and Suzhou Research Institute for Non-ferrous Metals Co. Ltd (SINR)...

March 26, 2015

Medgold and Centerra Start Drilling at Lagares, Portugal

Medgold's first drilling campaign on the Lagares project in Portugal, a 3,000 metre diamond core drilling program, started yesterday targeting high-grade gold mineralization identified from recent channel-chip sampling. The Lagares project is joint ventured to Centerra Gold Inc...

February 27, 2015

Massive Amounts of Saharan Dust Fertilize the Amazon Rainforest

Every year, millions of tons of nutrient-rich Saharan dust cross the Atlantic Ocean, bringing vital phosphorus and other fertilizers to depleted Amazon soils. New study quantifies the connection between Earth's largest temperate desert and its largest tropical rainforest...

February 25, 2015

NexGen Drills Best Angled Hole to Date: Discovers New High Grade Zone at Arrow

NexGen Energy Ltd. announced ongoing results from their winter 2015 drilling program at their our 100% owned Rook I property, Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan...

February 24, 2015

Phase II drilling underway on Kootenay's La Negra

Kootenay Silver Inc. announced that camp upgrades are complete and Phase II drilling has now commenced on its La Negra Silver discovery, contained within the Promontorio Mineral Belt in Sonora, Mexico...

February 23, 2015

Explorer Speaker Series at the PDAC

Geosoft's Explorer Speaker Series at the PDAC 2015 includes presentations on Peregrine's Chidliak Project and Cameco's initiatives to increase efficiency and 'harvest time' through data organization...

February 18, 2015

Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History Scientifically Characterized

The effects of dam removal are better known as a result of several new studies released this week by government, tribal and university researchers...

February 18, 2015

Exeter outlines the significance of its Caspiche Project water discovery

Exeter Resource Corporation has announced further positive results from the expanded water exploration drilling program for its Caspiche gold-copper project in northern Chile...

February 17, 2015

Earthstar Geographics Releases Arctic Ocean 15-Meter Satellite Imagery Mosaic

In response to the rapidly increasing demand for high quality geodata of the Arctic Ocean, Earthstar Geographics LLC has compiled a detailed satellite imagery mosaic of the entire region and released it in map projections optimized for visualizing the northern polar areas...

February 11, 2015

Geophysics and Geology together for Discovery: Geosoft at ASEG-PESA

Geosoft's program for the ASEG-PESA, February 15-18 in Perth, includes a workshop on practical geophysical workflows for resolving common problems in minerals targeting...

February 9, 2015

Pilot Gold Reports Final 2014 Results from Columbaz Discovery at TV Tower

Pilot Gold announced the final 2014 results from its third gold rich porphyry discovery at TV Tower, located 6.5 kilometres north of the Valley and Hilltop porphyries...

February 5, 2015

Coastal Gold finds the high grade

Coastal Gold has defined a high grade resource at its 100%-owned Hope Brook gold deposit in Newfoundland by developing a 3D model that has tighter constraints and focuses on higher grade drill results.

February 4, 2015

Non-seismic Geophysics

Finding Petroleum is hosting a half-day event on the role of non-seismic geophysical techniques. Are they coming of age? Reserve your space for this free event, being held in London, February 19.

January 27, 2015

Factors Driving 2015 U.S. Oil Output

Rig counts are a highly imperfect guide to future oil production but they are one of the few readily available statistics on oilfield activity so it is unwise to dismiss their importance entirely...

January 23, 2015

Will 2015 Break this ‘Dry Spell’ for New Discoveries?

Steve Todoruk, a broker with Sprott Global Resource Investments, explained in Sprott’s Thoughts recently why ‘juniors’ should look for new discoveries by drilling into the unexplored depths near existing mines...

January 20, 2015

Eni Wins Two Exploration Licenses in Norway

Italian oil and gas group Eni said on Tuesday it had won two exploration licenses in the Barents sea and in the North Sea in Norway...

Geoblogs comment on the world of geoscience

by Virginia Heffernan on April 12, 2012 library

The geoblogosphere is a growing and diverse collection of commentary on the world of geoscience: what's new and fascinating as well as ongoing debate about topics such as how the K-T boundary formed, what geoscientists should know before they graduate, and essential equipment for the field. The blog community is dominated by academics, mostly American, with input from exploration geoscientists as well as bloggers aligned with exploration technology providers and industry. Here are some active sites:

The Accretionary Wedge
If you are just delving into the geoblogosphere for the first time, this is a good place to start. The Accretionary Wedge is a geoscience blog carnival hosted by a different blogger each month that focuses on a theme determined by the host.

Exploration geochemistry is not a toy!
Otavio Augusto Boni Licht is a geologist and a consultant for geochemical exploration companies in Brazil and abroad. His Exploration Geochemistry blog provides a wealth of information and perspective which draws on his experience. There are also extensive links to geochemistry resources, including books, software and associations.

Exploration Geophysics
Alexander Prikhodko is a geophysicist with a PhD in geophysics and PGeo (Ontario). His Exploration Geophysics blog consolidates news, events, trends and technologies in the world of exploration geophysics.The blog includes a GX Corner with descriptions of GX (Geosoft Executable) modules that can save time when working with geophysical data. It also features RSS news feeds from the Mining Journal and the Leading Edge.

Exploring with Data
Exploring with Data is a blog from Geosoft that provides insights and advice on exploring the Earth’s subsurface with data. The blog includes tips on using Geosoft software to explore. Blog authors (mostly application and exploration solution specialists) share their technical expertise and spotlight useful tools that make working with data more effective.

The Geology News Blog
As it title would suggest, this blog claims to have “the latest and greatest news in geology from around the world.” The site is authored by Americans Dave Schumaker, an environmental geologist, Peter Polito, a graduate student of planetary geology and Ron Schott, an assistant professor of geology at Fort Hays State University in Kansas whose primary research interests are hard rock petrology and tectonics. While the blog’s main purpose is to serve as the place to go for geology-related news and images, the trio also provides commentary on everything from climate change to paleontology. Schott also has his own blog,, where he posts gigapans (high-resolution images stitched together to form a detailed panorama) from the field and highlights the latest developments in Google Earth and other geology-related technologies.

I Think Mining
Jack Caldwell is a civil engineer in California whose career focused on designing tailings dams for mines in North America. He provides news about the mining industry, as well commentary on the politics of mining and major industry events such as the annual PDAC convention in Toronto.

Republic of Mining
This blog may be of interest to mining and economic geologists, especially in Canada. It is designed to raise awareness among the media, the general public and political decision makers about the economic and social benefits of mining. The author, Stan Studol, is a self-described “Inco Brat” born and raised among the nickel mines of Sudbury, Canada.  He regularly posts commentary by experts from all walks of the Canadian mining industry.

Looking for Detachment
As a former field geologist, this blog is one of my favourites. The “Silver Fox” is an exploration geologist working in the western U.S.  She comments on her days in the field, including what works and what doesn’t in terms of field gear and technology (e.g. using GPS), but you can also get advice on where to find a good beer in say, Anchorage, Alaska or where to find a major gold deposit in two million years time. The Silver Fox is a skilled photographer who blends her text with images of rocks, creatures and other intriguing subjects encountered during the workday.

Garry Hayes teaches geology at Modesto Junior College in California and is the past president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Far Western Section. His write-ups focus mainly on  the field trips he leads in the Western U.S. but also include a few light-hearted gems such as “The Fully-equipped Geology Student”,  a humorous take on how the typical student field geologist presents.

Highly Allochthonous
Chris Rowan is a geologist specializing in paleomagnetism at the University of Edinburgh and travels around the world practicing his craft. His posts are wide-ranging, including comments on academic life, volcanoes and earthquakes, and rugby. He also speculates on controversial theories such as “Peak Coal”, the idea that the world will be reaching the end of its coal reserves within the next half century. 

Gary Hayes, the author of the Geotripper Blog, pointed out these two clearinghouse sites: allgeo via Chris includes blog entries from dozens of active bloggers; and Geobulletin collects news from over 100 blogs on the Geoblogosphere.

This is far from a comprehensive list of geoblogs. There are new sites popping up every week. Some are more active than others, some come out of the academic world while others are more industry related, some specialize while others generalize, but all bring the geoscience community together just as we are trying to do here at Earth Explorer.

Submit your suggestions for geoblogs to add to our list.