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Fun Fact!

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!

Did you know?

Zinc is critical for child development. Of all the micronutrients, it has the strongest effect on our immune system.

Source: International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM)

Many articles from Mining Matters’ past newsletters remain relevant to Earth science today. Take a look at the varied selections below.


  • 2010 Connection : The Inuksuk

    Once simply an Inuit tool to mark a significant event or place, the Inuksuk now represents leadership, cooperation, and the human spirit.
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  • Discovering The Niagara Escarpment

    The Bruce Trail is a continuous path system along the Niagara Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory; it has 850 km. of main trails.
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  • Olympic Metals

    Canada’s Teck Cominco Ltd. will be near the heart of every athlete who earns a spot on the podium in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
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  • Bruce County Beckons

    Waterfalls, caves, cliffs, and beaches are beautiful geological features found along a drive in southwestern Ontario.
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  • Newfoundland's Johnson Geo Centre

    No matter where you go in Canada, outstanding geological features provide fascinating attractions.
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  • Nuggets Of History

    The magical attraction of gold contributed greatly to the development of Canada.
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  • International Polar Year

    The International Polar Year (IPY) is the largest international research program focused on the polar regions.
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  • Life of A Rockstar

    Long before the Guess Who, the Tragically Hip, or Billy Talent arrived on the scene, Canada had only one successful rock group.
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  • Naturally Yours

    Every year, mining companies in Ontario make significant investments to return former mines to natural environments.
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  • Rock Talks And More

    Teachers of Grades 4, 7, and 9 in the Greater Toronto Area and York Region are invited to take advantage of Rock Talks: a program that enhances the teaching of Earth science units.
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  • Who Needs To Watch "Survivor"?

    A rescue which brought 72 potash miners safely to the surface in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan has been hailed as “a textbook rescue”.
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  • Mining Without Stepping Background

    In the age of digital camera phones and wireless Internet, a revolutionary new technology is taking the mining industry by storm.
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  • Using the Heavens To Move Earth

    Mineral resource providers are turning to space satellites and other 21st century technologies to reshape themselves for a new era.
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  • Deep Time

    Earth’s memory is preserved within the rocks accumulated on its surface, the continental crust.
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  • Minerals & Metals In Your Life

    Minerals and metals are a part of everyday life. They are the original multi-taskers.
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  • Virtual Reality in Mining

    Virtual reality (VR) is not just a hot technology used in video games— it is a high-tech tool.
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  • Aggregates - The Building Blocks Of Our Cities

    Dufferin Aggregates’ Milton Quarry is the largest producing quarry in Canada.
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  • Rockhound Shares Her Passion

    Geography teacher Kathleen Beattie has been a lifelong rockhound, collecting rocks and fossils across Canada and beyond.
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  • Bringing New Life To Old Places

    Turning abandoned aggregate sites into productive landscapes is an important task being driven by the Ontario aggregates industry.
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  • Dazzling Discovery In the Yukon

    While prospecting in the Yukon, field geologist Bill Wengzynowski discovered one of the Earth’s rare treasures—emeralds.
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  • Nickel Giant's Greenest Underground Adventures

    It takes four minutes to travel the length of three CN Towers – not up but straight down –to the heart of one of Inco Ltd.’s oldest mines.
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  • Kingston's Geological Past

    Evidence of life in the Limestone City one billion years ago is now on display thanks to a generous benefactor.
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