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The world's second largest diamond was recently found in Botswana by Canadian mining company Lucara Diamond Corp. It measures 1,111 carats - which is about the size of a tennis ball!

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Mining Matters has reached an estimated 600,000 teachers, students and members of the public since its inception in 1994.
  • Mining & Minerals in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut

    Canada's North is rich in mineral resources and the development of these resources provides socio economic benefits to Northerners. Crown lands in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are managed pursuant to the Territorial Lands Act and its related Regulations. In the northern territories sub-surface lands include hard-rock minerals, precious gems and coal. The rights to these materials are administered through the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Mining Regulations (formerly known as the Canada Mining Regulations) and the Territorial Coal Regulations. There is a distinction between sub-surface minerals and surface mineral substances that have specific purposes such as carving stone and building materials. These special use surface minerals are administered through the Territorial Quarry Regulations.
  • Alberta Energy

    Alberta Energy manages the development of province's non-renewable resources including coal, minerals, natural gas, petrochemicals, conventional oil and oil sands and renewable energy (wind, bioenergy, solar, hydro, geothermal, etc.).  It grants industry the right to explore for and develop energy and mineral resources, establishes, administers and monitors the effectiveness of fiscal and royalty systems, promotes energy efficiency and conservation by both Albertans and industry and encourages additional investment that creates jobs and economic prosperity. 

  • BC Mineral Development Office

    Located in downtown Vancouver, the MDO is mandated to provide mineral and coal resource and potential information to industry and government, promote the province's minerals and coal industry, both domestically and abroad and be a point of contact for industry on issues impacting the exploration and mining industries.

  • CanmetEnergy

    Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY is the Canadian leader in clean energy research and technology development. With over 450 scientists, engineers and technicians and more than 100 years of experience, we are Canada's knowledge centre for scientific expertise on clean energy technologies.

  • Manitoba, Innovation, Energy and Mines

    To help their citizens innovate, build capacity and prosper, the Manitoba, Innovation, Energy and Mines creates strategic partnerships, encourages investment, provides tools for success, promotes advanced knowledge, champions critical policy development and reinforces wise use of Manitoba’s abundant resources.

  • Ministry of Natural Resources Quebec

    The mission of the Ministère des Ressources naturelles is to promote knowledge acquisition and to ensure the development and optimal use of land, energy, forestry and mineral resources in Québec from a sustainable development perspective, for the benefit of the entire population.
  • Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

    Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) seeks to enhance the responsible development and use of Canada’s natural resources and the competitiveness of Canada’s natural resources products. They are an established leader in science and technology in the fields of energy, forests, and minerals and metals and use their expertise in earth sciences to build and maintain an up-to-date knowledge base of our landmass.
  • New Brunswick Energy and Mines

    New Brunswick Energy and Mines mandate is to ensure New Brunswickers have access to energy choices at competitive cost while respecting environment and societal concerns.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Geological Survey

    The mandate of the Geological Survey of Newfoundland and Labrador is to map the geological framework of the province; to interpret and explain its geological evolution; and to describe, interpret and explain the distribution, nature, quantity and origin of the province's mineral resources.
  • Nova Scotia Mineral Resources Branch

    The Mineral Resources Branch is responsible for implementing policies and programs dealing with the exploration, development, management and efficient use of mineral resources. The Branch promotes scientific understanding of the geology of Nova Scotia for use by government, industry and the public, and provides a mineral rights tenure system that establishes legal rights to minerals for exploration and development. The Branch also promotes the concepts of environmental responsibility and sustainable development, stewardship of the mineral resource sector and integrated resource planning.
  • Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM)

    The Mines and Minerals Division works to support responsible land use management and mineral resource development by administration of the Mining Act, providing public geoscience information and client services.

  • Saskatchewan Geological Survey

    The Saskatchewan Geological Survey is responsible for investigating, compiling and maintaining information on the geology, and mineral and energy resources of the province.

  • Yukon Geological Survey

    The mandate of the Yukon Geological Survey is to be the authority and provider of choice for the geoscience and related technical information required to enable stewardship and sustainable development of the Territory’s energy, mineral, and land resources.